8 Life Lessons Inspired by Rumi

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This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. 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.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, also known as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. Psychologist, Steve Van Herreweghe, shares eight little life lessons extracted from his favorite list of Rumi’s greatest quotes.

1. The greatness is in you: open yourself and tap into it

Rumi quotes:

“What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.”
“The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.”

“There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.”
“I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being.”

2. Boundaries are illusions: be bold and challenge all of your fears

Rumi quotes:
“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”
“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
“It’s easy to stand with the crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone.”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

3. Pain is a teacher in disguise: embrace your setbacks

Rumi quotes:
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Don’t worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
“The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.”

4. The truth is inside: close your eyes and look within

Rumi quotes:
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“When the world pushes you to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.”
“Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.”
“I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.”

5. You are what you seek: follow your bliss and accept the world as your mirror 

Rumi quotes:
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”
“What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”
“What you seek, is seeking you.”

6. Love conquers all: change your stories, make them all love stories

Rumi quotes:
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
“Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is.”
“There is no way into Presence except through a love exchange.”
“I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.”
“Love risks everything and asks for nothing.”

7. Silence is golden: listen more, listen deeper

Rumi quotes:
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”
“Carry your baggage towards silence , when you seek the signs of the way.”
“Love calls – everywhere and always.”

8. We are all connected: be compassionate and servient 

Rumi quotes:
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
“Not the ones speaking the same language, but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other.”
“If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.”

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