journal findings

I keep coming across poems and quotes that have touched me or rang true for me in some way.  As I record them in my journals, I am noticing that I keep coming back to a few thinkers and poets over and over.

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Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
lacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

-St Teresa Avila

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I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God.

– Meister Eckhart

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Lovers share a sacred decree –
to seek the Beloved.
They roll head over heels,
rushing toward the Beautiful One
like a torrent of water.

In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved –
Our seeking is His seeking,
Our words are His words.

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At times we flow toward the Beloved
like a dancing stream.
At times we are still water
held in His pitcher.
At times we boil in a pot
turning to vapor –
that is the job of the Beloved.

He breathes into my ear
until my soul
takes on His fragrance.
He is the soul of my soul –
How can I escape?
But why would any soul in this world
want to escape from the Beloved?

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He will melt your pride
making you thin as a strand of hair,
Yet do not trade, even for both worlds,
One strand of His hair.

We search for Him here and there
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side we ask,
“O Beloved, where is the Beloved?”

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Enough with such questions! –
Let silence take you to the core of life.

All your talk is worthless
When compared to one whisper
of the Beloved.

-Rumi

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Do you have a favorite poet or poem that draws you in again and again? I would love to know what makes your heart jump in agreement.

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jayne says:

    Love these intimate portraits

    1. Staci Lee says:

      Thank you, friend.

  2. Meg says:

    Whoever has God lacks nothing.

    Wow! So good. So unbelievably true.

Thank you for your kind words.

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