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It Felt Love

By Hafiz   How Did the rose Ever open its heart And give to this world All its Beauty? It felt the encouragement of light Against its Being, Otherwise, We all remain Too Frightened.  

There is a candle in your heart…

By Rumi   There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? You feel the separation from the Beloved. Invite Him to fill you up, embrace the fire. Remind those who tell you otherwise that Love comes […]

Every child has known God

By Hafiz   Every child has known God, Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts, Not the God who ever does Anything weird, But the God who knows only 4 words And keeps repeating them, saying: “Come Dance with Me , come dance.”  

Guest House

By Rumi   This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, Who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. Still, treat each guest honorably. […]

Tender Words

By Rumi Tender words we spoke to one another are sealed in the secret vaults of heaven. One day like rain, they will fall to earth and grow green all over the world.

Birdsong

By Rumi   Birdsong brings relief to my longing I’m just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say! Please universal soul, practice some song or something through me!  

Jezebel

by Lesley Hazleton From the jacket cover:  “There is no woman with a worse reputation than Jezebel, the ancient queen who corrupted a nation and met one of the most gruesome fates in the Bible.  But what if this version of her story is merely the one her enemies wanted us to believe?  What if […]

Mary: A Flesh and Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother

Lesley Hazleton   From the jacket cover:  “Who was Mary?  Lesley Hazleton’s highly acclaimed biography draws on history, anthropology, psychology, and ancient texts to re-envision this iconic figure as a real woman.  Beginning with a dark-skinned girl barely out of adolescence when she gives birth, Hazleton illuminates the many facets of Mary’s existence: peasant villager, […]

Flies

By Ellen Bass   The story goes that as a boy, the great Polish writer Bruno Schultz fed sugar water to the last houseflies of autumn giving them strength for the bitter winter. And I read about another lover of Musca domestica who taught one envoy to come to his desk with only a whistle […]