I wrote this book because I've been incredibly blessed
by a long period of reading Rumi everyday. After you read
him enough, he gets right inside your heart and soul! Your
inner joy starts shining in the eyes of every human being
you meet; along with Rumi, you want to say to them all:
Inside you are sweet beyond telling!
There is a sun in everyone.
The stunning beauty of flowers, poems, animals and
human imperfection starts resonating in your heart like a
symphony. Put a bouquet of roses and lilies on your desk
like I just did, and a flood of gratitude for life's blessings
How to say this to one who denies it?
We are made of the sky's cloth
and everything is soul and flowering....
Everything is soul and flowering!
None of this means we get to skip suffering, making
mistakes, unbearable loss, or death. With Rumi as your
guide though, you really don't mind. He shows you how it's
actually possible to celebrate your pain, because that very
pain is what makes possible the deepest experience of your
essential joy. Even the final loss of this phenomenal cage
we call our bodies is not to be feared. Death is something
to meet with courage and curiosity, and Rumi knows the
Meanwhile, we get to struggle--or not--with our fears,
our conflicts, our problems with others, our self-hate, our
environmental and military anxieties, and our tendency to
whine and criticize rather than celebrate.
We also get to laugh, make love, make dinner with
friends, hug babies, admire trees, pet dogs, plant tomatoes,
sing, dance, do good in the world, and start everyday with
poetry. Be warned, if you read Rumi for 100 days or less,
you may find yourself unable to stop!
By integrating Rumi with my own knowledge gained
as a psychotherapist, I hope this book may illuminate new
ways to apply Rumi's wisdom to your own challenges and
joys. Whatever they are, I promise you that Rumi's
contribution will be profound.