What You Really Love


“Let yourself be silently drawn,

by the strange pull

of what you really love.

It will not lead you astray.”



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Be the Soul – by Rumi

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“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”


To say that I love the poetry of Rumi, would be an understatement. However, this 13th century poet, was also a jurist, a mystic, a scholar, and…..well……he was a Muslim. There I said it, he was a Muslim. I’m not a Muslim, but he was. So what’s the big deal about that?

Seeing his writing shakes my theology to the core, or rather the theology that I did have. Back just a few years ago, I was a fundamentalist, and believed that unless you believed as I did, you had no chance with the Creator. You were doomed. So Rumi, and other bloggers that I know and appreciate, have had a huge part in a transformation of my thinking. I love and respect all people.

I am amazed now, and blessed, at how the Creator uses people of all faiths, and people with no faith, to create such beautiful art and writing. Since people were created in His image, we are all capable, of great art, great love, and we can all help to change the world.

The most recent example of putting love in action, (that just amazes me), is Austria opening its doors and helping the flood of refugees. Wow, that is so powerful, and so life changing to so….so…. many. This is also proof of the power of love, and it proves what Rumi said. Wherever we stand, we can be the soul of that place.

I wish you Peace.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Deeper in the Heart by Rumi

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“As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror gets clearer and cleaner.”


This quote is rich, and deep with meaning. First, I think Rumi is letting us know that we need to go deeper internally, but he is also saying we need to dwell there on a regular basis, or live there. This is not a vacation where we visit a few days and we go back to the place we were. It is a matter of living in the heart, as a way of life, daily.

But what does he mean by living in the heart? Is it only a matter of how we think? I believe he means for us to be who we really are, not plastic or phony. We also need to remember that Rumi was deeply religious, so for him, I believe he was concerned about honesty, and having faith in God. He was also very much aware of the power of love. So for Rumi, I believe he was saying we should go deeper, discovering who we are, allowing faith to grow strong, and being filled with love.

When we go deeper, and live in our hearts, we can see ourselves better. We can understand ourselves, and the world around us more clearly. We can have a clear vision for the future. We see ourselves for who we really are.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Good Ground by Rumi

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“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded.

Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are.”



In this quote, Rumi is sharing about more than just wildflowers. He is using this illustration to point to a truth about our lives, and more specifically, about our internal lives. When our lives, and yes our hearts, are like stone or rocks, not much is going to grow. It is difficult to be fruitful. Another way of saying this is, that there is a blockage between us and potential growth.

Our lives need to be based in ground that can produce, in his words here “crumbled” means easy to plant, or just naturally loose, rich soil, which allows plants to grow. This is why farmers plow their fields, and gardeners like myself, till the soil before we plant. This allows the plants, even wild ones, (and weeds) to grow much easier. In a very real sense, our soils needs to be loose, not hard as a rock.

When our lives are like that, beautiful things will grow from us, even when we don’t expect it. Wildflowers are spontaneous, surprising, and intensely beautiful. We can be like that too, we just need to take care of the soil.





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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Thoughts about Anger

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Rumi is right of course. Have you ever had a debate with someone, maybe even a family member, and you started getting angry in the middle of it? Your voice started going up, and before you knew it you were yelling. How did the conversation go after that? Was it productive? We all get angry, we’re human. Sometimes we can’t help it and we know the other person is wrong!

I think what Rumi is saying here is that the gentle response will always be the best response. Not much will be accomplished by our loud noises. In a debate or argument, the other person will tend to tune us out, if all we are doing is yelling. We can get our point across in a much more effective way, if we speak with calm authority.

I don’t think Rumi was addressing fighting against social injustice, but even then, this principle can be applied. A collective voice of people can do a lot more good than rioting and looting. I’m thinking here of the peaceful protests, like during the days of Dr. Martin Luther King. We need to fight against wrongs done to people, but in a peaceful way.

Many of us enjoy, the wonder and beauty of a gentle rain. We even write poems about it. But very few, if any of us, enjoy hearing the thunder. Where is the beauty in anger?

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Encouraging Words from Rumi

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I only discovered the writings of Rumi several months ago, and already I have found a seemingly unlimited amount of wisdom, beauty, and depth. It is very clear he had a close connection with the Creator. And he lived in the 13th century! I see why now, that he is considered one of the best poets. I am currently reading The Essential Rumi. Some of you are also reading his work, let me know your thoughts here about his writing.

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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Quotes by Rumi on the Inner Life


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Rumi is one of my favorite philosopher/poets. His work is mystical and filled with truth. His work is also so filled with love, that we can learn, and grow from it. I won’t write much here, because I want his words to speak.

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

 Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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