Removing The Blinders And Finding Freedom

September 23, 2010 by  
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A friend sent me this poem by the Sufi Scholar, Rumi, who is considered to be the most read poet in the world.

Quietness

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.

Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon
comes out now.

-          Rumi

The poem highlights the life we see and the life that it is.  Finding the balance between the two is where our well-being lives.

We mostly live and make life decisions wearing blinders (a pair of leather flaps attached to a horse’s bridle to curtail side vision).  It is not that we don’t see.  It is we don’t see the whole picture.   With eyes straight ahead we only see the obvious and we leave no room for the enormity and brilliancy of life.

Worrying about the mortgage, bank account, success is all important but realizing there is a whole huge world outside what these tasks and experiences provide us, is also very important.

If we can pull the blinders off we will realize there is much freedom and happiness to be experienced beyond being successful or not, romantically involved or not, rich or not.  In the big world we find the right to our personal experience and expression without having to struggle.  We just are.

In the big world we find love of all types and we are fulfilled.

In the big world we live without pressure and anxiety to be and to produce simply because it is not that important.

And because we find in the big world, love, our right to be ourselves and lack of pressure to produce, we also find freedom.  We find tranquility.  We are lifted away from the mundane.

I’m not advocating forgetting what life is to most of us.  But I am advocating never forgetting we are wearing blinders and removing them from time to time so we can experience the hugeness of life.

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