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.


Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


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.


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


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

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