Posted tagged ‘Rumi’

Skipping along and feeling groovy

January 12, 2009

Yesterday was the MOST BEAUTIFUL day here in Los Angeles. I really appreciate the generally good weather here, but yesterday Los Angeles took it up to 11 (why not just make 10 the highest? Because ours go to 11 – that’s one better then 10). It was in the mid-80’s, not a cloud in the sky, and there with a soft, warm wind. I had my group for a few hours in the afternoon and the day was so beautiful we met outside in our hostess’s back yard, complete with real grass, trees, a rope swing, rocks, the whole deal. When you live in the urban jungle and are a tortured Taurus soul, as I am, any opportunity you get to sit in a real back yard of a real house with space, quiet and clean air is a treasure. It was heaven. And as always, our group got me back on track and looking  forward. Onward and upward.

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After we finished around 2:30 I was going to go to a Bodhi tree workshop, but it was simply too nice. Again, maybe had the day been a 10 I would’ve gone to the workshop, but the day was an 11, so I had to step it up and be outside. I took a drive with my roomie back from Monrovia to Topanga Beach through Topanga Canyon, which was a stunning and relaxing drive. That canyon makes me want a clutch and a secure driving environment where I could race without fear of rounding the bend and taking out a slow moving Subaru. But I digress. We parked at Topanga Beach and despite our non-beach ready outfits, we walked through the rocks and surf in the freezing cold pacific. We sat on the beach and watched the sun set while it’s final rays warmed our skin. We read. It was beautiful.

There have been moments in my life, always in nature, that have felt so beautiful I’ve thought they belonged in a painting or a movie. Last night was one of them. Walking the beach, barefoot with a book in one hand and my shoes in the other, the wind softly playing with my hair and the tide lapping over my toes in the sand, it was stunning. And all of it with the perfect golden light of the setting sun. It was a magical evening. I felt the same way this morning when I walked Betty and looked up at the sky to see the just waning nearly full moon, silver and bright in the early saturated blue sky, with just the black outline of the Hollywood Hills and palm trees to provide contrast.

In the words of Louis Armstrong, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”

I hope you have such a magical Monday – “lunedi” in Italian. Sounds like there is luna in there, which is the moon. Gotta love the Italians. Actually, I prefer French, but it’s a beautiful word anyway, Lunedi.  Today’s quote is more of a mediation than a quote, from Rumi, about the value of quiet and being still.

“Your old life was a frantic running from silence. The speechless full moon comes out now.”

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Good Morning

October 27, 2008

It’s hard to believe that it’s the last week of October. Time truly seems to fly these days. The past month has been a blur of work, travel, family and visitors. Last night is the first night I’ve been home alone in a month. Well, that’s not entirely true, I had lots of great roomie time last night. But that’s just a joy. And I happen to be in the best living situation of my life. To date I have never loved living with someone as much as I love my roomie. I call her my Rumi Roomie because she is so sweet and insightful and always willing to be a sounding board for my struggles. She is wonderful and I love her!

 

So thinking about how much I love my Rumi Roomie made me in fact think of Rumi. I have several of his books of poetry and one particular quote from his poetry on my nightstand. I try to let it stand as a daily reminder to allow my own preferences and tastes, independent of outside forces, shape who I am and what I do. Every morning is a new chance to create who we really are and where we are headed.

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories of how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”