Poetry,  Writing

Deep Thoughts Inspired by Rumi

“There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
   There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
   O traveler, if you are in search of That
   Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.

   This aloneness is worth more than a thousand lives.
   This freedom is worth more than all the lands on earth.
   To be one with the truth for just a moment,
   Is worth more than the world and life itself.”

   –   Rumi

One of the good things about participating in a monthly poetry challenge is all the poetry you create. Just because I put up one poem a day here doesn’t mean that I’m not continuing to write beyond that. So has been the case recently with me.

I recently finished reading Deepak Chopra’s God: A Story of Revelation. It was not what I was expecting. For some reason, I had it in my head that it would be a book that discussed God and how to be a *good* follower. Which is why I’m not sure why I picked it up in the first place as I tend to steer clear of books that preach at me in such a way. However, I like Mr. Chopra’s “aura,” for lack of a better word. There is something about him that draws me to him, and so I brought the book home and began reading it. I was in for a pleasant surprise. This was not a book about God in the traditional sense. Instead, it told stories about prophets and poets, saints and plain people. It spoke about finding the light in yourself and knowing that it leads to the Light everywhere. I found myself drawn to the stories of Shankara, Rabindranath Tagore, and Rumi (oh, especially him). I feel as if I was floating outside of myself while reading the book, and I still feel somewhat groundless (but in a good way).

This probably explains why I have been practicing being still lately. I used to do it all the time as a young girl. My family lived in the country for a long time and I remember being able to be so quiet that I could hear the snow falling, or feel the earth moving beneath me when I lay on the ground. I used to just “be.” And it was wonderful, and I have such happy memories of that. But here I am in the city where white noise abounds and you can’t really hear yourself think. I began meditation two years ago but it’s an on-again-off-again practice. It’s very difficult to silence the raging thoughts you have every day, all the worries and concerns. So, I am going to make a commitment (a public one obviously) to practice being still and meditating at least once a day, every day. I’ve already begun and am seeing a little bit of a difference. So, here is a little something I wrote last night after practicing being still during a stressful situation with my four year old. It was inspired by the quote above by Rumi. He said it so much better, and in fewer words.

xo Jesi

Seek That

By Jesi Scott

 

Seek that,

The inner voice,

Your connection to consciousness,

To the greater force that lives within us,

Surrounds us,

Brings us all together

So that we are never alone.

 

Seek that,

The stillness, the quiet in your soul,

Especially in times of distress,

For it will calm the raging seas that

Surround you,

Bringing peace to encompass

The storms.

 

Seek that,

The small bright flame

That shines within you, illuminating

The truth of your true nature; let it

Surround others,

Let your light so shine that they will see

And believe.

 

Seek that.

Above all else, seek that.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

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