Hold your meanness to your chest…

William Ladd Taylor, Awaiting his return. Source: Sotheby’s/private collection

Don”t always be waiting to

see

what’s behind it. That wait

and see

poisons your spirit.

Reach for it.

Hold your meanness to your

chest

as a healing root

and be free with waiting.

Rumi

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What are these lights?

Painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1888.

Inside water, a waterwheel turns.

A star circulates with the moon.

We live in the night ocean wondering,

What are these lights?

Rumi

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….a turning night of stars

Painting by Rene’ Magritte. The Lovers. Paris 1928.

This moment this love comes to rest in me,

many things in one being.

In one wheat grain a thousand sheaf stacks.

inside the needle’s eye a turning night of stars.

Rumi

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Your Quest

Painting by Dou, Gerrit (Thyssen-Bornemisza-Museum)

What hurts you, blesses you.

Darkness is your candle.

Your boundaries are your quest.

Rumi

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Happy Independence Day USA

The Star-Spangled Banner (arr. Leopold Godowsky)

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Happy Canada Day 2021!

National Anthem of Canada
RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)-Our Honor and Pride
“We thank you Canada.”

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Dance In Your Blood

Dance, when you’re broken open.

Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of the fighting.

Dance in your blood.

Dance when you’re perfectly free.

(Rumi )

(“Dance of soul“, photo by Ahmad Odeh)

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Caravanserai

This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some monetary 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.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

Rumi

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Early-Waking Grievers

I was sleeping, and being comforted

by a cool breeze, when suddenly a gray dove

from the thicket sang and sobbed with longing,

and reminded me of my own passion.

I had been away from my own soul so long,

So late-sleeping, but that dove’s crying

woke me and made me cry. Praise

to all early-waking grievers!

(Adi-al-Riga)

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Balance of Life — Source of Inspiration

Sometimes life seems

so finely

balanced

that the slightest

breath of air will

send all into madness.

Security does not exist

for everything changes

and all must die.

One must walk with grace

for soon the dance is over

with no curtain calls

to be had.

Balance of Life — Source of Inspiration

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Pure Heart — Eddie Two Hawks

Whoever, in devotion, offers Me a

gift, whether it be a flower, a fruit

or water, I accept it as coming from

one who has a pure heart.

The Bhagavad Gita

Orchid Spring Bloom 2021, Eddie’s Garden Photos Thank you everyone for your patience!

Pure Heart — Eddie Two Hawks

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Wine or Blood?

“The wine we really drink is our own blood,

Our bodies ferment in these barrels,

We give everything for a glass of this,

We give our minds for a sip.”

Rumi

 

 

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“Within the ocean.”

Late, by myself, in the boat of myself,

no light and no land anywhere,

cloud cover thick, I try to stay

just above the surface, yet I’m already under

and living within the ocean.

Rumi

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All is Born Again — Eddie Two Hawks

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;

I lift my eyes and all is born again.

Sylvia Plath, Yellow Rose, Spring 2020 Eddie’s Garden Photos

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Different chess pieces

Chess in still life, light painting.

Drunks fear the police,

But the police are drunk too,

People in this town love them both,

like different chess pieces.

(Rumi)

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Aphorism

Hortus Closus

Painting by Dina Shubin

When we shut up, music is alive

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BOOM!

In a matter of a few hours I got this message from WordPress again. My happiness has doubled. Thanks to all of you for this honor. You make me a proud yet a humble blogger.

Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 47 hourly views – 2 hourly views on average. A spike in your stats.

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Stats are booming. WOW!!!

I got another great message from WordPress today and it made my day. Thanks my bloggers and friends for checking out my posts. I feel so honored and humbled.

Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 34 hourly views – 0 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats

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Happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate Love!

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” —Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I have a million reasons to be thankful for you, my love.
“How deep is your love”by Bee Gees. It still is one of my favourite songs, as it takes me down memory lane.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone, and may your day be filled with love, kindness, fun and smiles.

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Happy Anniversary

Dear bloggers and friends, I got this message from WordPress today and it really made my day. WOW!!! Time just flies and here I am looking at the eight years of blogging. It’s hard to believe as it looks like yesterday when I started this blog. News like these cheer me up during this pandemic time. I’m celebrating at home and in my heart wishing for better times for everyone as these are hard times. I can see a little flickering light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. Let’s keep flying high and not lose sight of our destination. Cheers!!!

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

“A million thanks to WordPress for providing such a great blogging platform”.

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