Sunday, November 15, 2009

On Rumi...

Watercolor reminds me of Rumi. You know, that 13th century Persian poet?

When I was in the mental hospital, I discovered Rumi.

Watermedia as brought me back around to him, as every painting is an exercise in letting go.


Here are some good Rumi:

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.

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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

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Dance when you're broken open.
Dance if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you're perfectly free.

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Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

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