We have deceived ourselves. Life is not a groove. Life is a noble endeavor rife with the complexity of mind numbing joy to heart shattering sorrow. Perhaps because we can best navigate our lives by maintaining a kind of calm in the eye of the storm, we have come to expect neutrality as success. We can think that something outside of us will set our course to a kind of safety. Like being rescued safely in life is a goal. Safety is not something that comes to rescue us or protect us. Safety is what we cultivate within ourselves that emanates our way.
Hafiz laments the capricious nature of his spirit and soul that leads him into such sweeps of emotional experience then seems to abandon him to his own feeble resources. Being a human being and choosing a spiritual and/or creative path in life is no cake walk. It is an adventure that too often is rife with misfortune.
Thank you for listening.
Music: This song written by Al Green , interpreted by many and sung here by Annie Lennox is called Take Me To The River. I'm in the pool with this song a lot and it was the first song I thought of when writing this post. The song laments having to do so many unexpected things and go through so many trials when all one wants to do is understand life and live lovingly. It asks in desperation, couldn't you just take me to the river and baptize, bathe or drown me to end this confusion? Just as a suggestion, of course.
Sculpture: The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.
My book can be purchased HERE. E-book HERE. The Season Two blogcasts with audio excerpts from my book begin HERE: in Behind The Lines. This reading of the book excerpts in a mixed media format is Season Two of this blog. These recorded excerpts are outside the chronological order in which the book was written. Podcasts with audio only beginning with episode 22 can be found HERE.