To take on the unsaid within oneself is not something everyone is willing to do. It should be common knowledge, however, that an unexpressed life comes at a cost in health and the welfare of those we are sharing our lives with. When we remain still, we are making the choice not to speak and move into sharing what we really feel. That choice is our responsibility. No one wants to bottom out. It is contrary to how our brilliant minds navigate around difficulty. Yet, once we find that place of no relief from the torture of our silence, the liberation, though often painful, begins. The torment of the escape dissipates when we decide we are worth fighting for and step into that intention. A warrior on our own behalf.
Hafiz talks in this poem about how grace is the real foot soldier. It is reserved for the one who comes humbly to the fire and finds the courage to take responsibility and remove whatever is holding back a full life. This person is the warrior when they take on that which stands between themselves and their ability to live and love fully...however, long it takes.
...The warrior Wisely sits in a circle With other men Gathering the strength to unmask Himself...
Thank you for listening.
Music: I work out in water a lot to this song, You Got To Run (Spirit of The Wind) and it has come to exemplify strength to me. It belongs with this post. Buffy Saint-Marie is a warrior beyond measure and her weapons are well forged, mighty, and hard won. Here she works with another great warrior, Tanya Tagaq, the throat singer and renaissance artist. They roll like thunder across our lives with this reminder. They have woven together in song what we want to recognize and weave for ourselves: self respect, courage and compassion.
The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.