Embracing the night…from the Soul of Rumi

I went for an evening run tonight, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it. It has been three years since I had last done so, and boy was it a beautiful night. One great way to refresh your mentality: do something you haven’t done for a very long time, something you enjoy doing in the past that awakened your soul, motivated you, or helped you cope with the daily stresses.

I am an old romantic. I have, in fact, romanticized the night almost obsessively. I spent the better part of the last couple of years cooped up, as a hermit, a recluse… putting off a lot of great ideas and dreams that I hope to fulfill because I couldn’t seem to get past certain hurdles in my current reality. Or I’m just making these excuses, thinking I have all the time in the world… Living in the past or the future. The past few days I have been trying to bring myself back up again after months of experiencing a sharper decline in spirit and faith, and in the process I have just been thinking of the many more things that I want to do, as a revived Warrior. A voice inside me was telling me to run, even though the sun was already gone. I knew it was the night that has always enlivened my soul.

I then I recalled this poem from The Soul of Rumi:

Some Kiss We Want 

There is some kiss we want with

our whole lives, the touch of

spirit on the body. Seawater

begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately

it needs some wild darling! At

night, I open the window and ask

the moon to come and press its

face against mine. Breathe into me.

Close the language-door and

open the love-window. The moon

won’t use the door, only the window.




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