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It was an Iraqi man who introduced me to the beauty of Rumi.

Today’s post from Spirituality and Practice also celebrates the spirit of this wise medieval poet and mystic”

Search the Darkness
Sit with your friends; don’t go back to sleep.
Don’t sink like a fish to the bottom of the sea.

Surge like an ocean,
don’t scatter yourself like a storm.

Life’s waters flow from darkness.
Search the darkness, don’t run from it.

Night travelers are full of light,
and you are, too; don’t leave this companionship.

Be a wakeful candle in a golden dish,
don’t slip in the dirt like quicksilver.

The moon appears for night travelers,
be watchful when the moon is full.

from Love Is a Stranger: Selected Lyric Poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi by Kabir Helminski