Rumi writes, 'Lovers and men of intellect cannot mix. How can you mix the broken with the unbroken? Cautious men of intellect shrink back from a dead ant. Lovers, completely carefree, trample down dragons.'
Pride, virtue, knowledge and fear can invade our peace incessantly.
It hijacks our sense of worth, belonging and our happiness. We think if are educated, experienced and all-knowing, we have everything sorted.
How could we be wrong? We've spent time, energy and money on positioning ourselves so that we 'know' what to do. But do we?
How much attention do we give to creativity? How much attention do we give to wild abandonment? Do we even know what it is, what it feels like?
We are conditioned to be smart and savvy. We look up to those more so than us. We look on with great desire and envy. What about that part of us that burns away inside? Do you feel it? Or have you turned your back on it so long ago that you are numb to its very existence?
When we tell ourselves that we 'must' have the answers, that we must 'know' what to do, we deny ourselves the opportunity to take risks, be playful, to 'trample down dragons.' When did we become so sensible, so guarded, so careful?
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The mind is strong. The ego, stronger. It demands certain things from us. Be smart, be beautiful, be successful, be better, be careful.
What about the part of us that just wants to 'be'? How do we get off the merry-go-round of 'doing' and begin to really nourish the 'lover' in us?
Ask yourself, "Is this necessary? Is this nourishing me? Is this bringing me joy?" If the answer is no, think of a few ways you can bring that into your life.
Start a new ritual - do three things every day that excites you, pleases you, makes you smile or brings you peace.