Most people that I know - including myself - are beleaguered by our thoughts. Our minds think all our waking hours. This torment is most prevalent when it seeps into our time to go to sleep. That off switch of thought seems to have shorted out and will not allow us to relax at times. Our minds....tameless and often unrelenting carry us blindly, if we allow it.
We love what our brains come up with yet the mind is like a child given to habits and repetition as well as innovation. When it runs amok it is like a child and, like helping a child, it is not a good idea to slap it into submission, take pills to still it or drink to drown it but to incur the discipline to allow it a co-creating alliance with the slower and more pedantic, full space our bodies occupy. The mind must be seated honorably in accordance to its rank. It must be recognized with each decision. Allying and harmonizing these two forces of human experience is very powerful medicine for anyone who recognizes and utilizes the benefit.
Hafiz suggests loving our minds into a focus of sensual prayer and divine conversations of the heart. There is a sensuality beyond the sexual form in this dimension. The mind in a swoon is a mind both occupied and supported by a body and a spirit that invites all the different kinds of love into our world. We are not used to framing spiritual matters with our bodies and we are the poorer for the omission. In our bodies is seated the heart.
Thank you for listening.
Why just keep making love with God's child -
When the Friend Himself is standing
Music: - Everyone would be praying if this kind of prayer was sanctioned by the Holy See. So be the first on your block to endorse it as such. The mind and the body in a dance is prayer; even when the mind leads. The Weekend ft. Daft Punk.
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.