Happy is he who is able to escape from the lower self and feel the gentle breeze of friendship. His heart is so full of the Beloved that there is no longer room for anyone else. The Beloved flows through his every vein and nerve. Every atom of his body is filled with the Friend.
The true lovers can no longer perceive either the scent or the color of their own selves. They have no interest in anything other than the Beloved. Their heart is attached neither to throne nor crown. Greed and lust have packed their bags and left their street. If they speak, it is to the Friend. If they seek, it is from the Friend. They no longer take themselves into account, and live only for love. They leave the raw and turn to the ripe, abandoning completely the abode of the self.
Jami, from Essential Sufism, Fadiman & Frager ed., p 99
“They no longer take themselves into account, and live only for love.” Take a deep breath in and let it all out… What does living for love really look like?
For me, more and more it looks like breathing into the heart, listening deeply to the messages & guidance that spring forth quietly… The guidance that becomes louder and louder the more I listen… The guidance that slips, trickles, pours forth like fresh water from the earth. And more and more, my actions in the world are determined by this guidance. Going here, going there. Saying this, saying that. Speaking from the heart no matter what the potential consequences. Speaking and living from the heart because it’s the only thing worth doing. What else do we have? What other guide could be greater?
There are plenty of trials and tribulations and challenges all the time. Plenty of opportunities to get confused, to get thrown off, to get sidetracked. These are also opportunities to shine, to embody love, to see/feel/hear/sense to the heart of the moment, to be the very most that I am capable of being.
Right now I find myself seeking the heart of the matter: What is the common thread that ties together all my pursuits in the world? What is the common presence? I know it so deeply– it is a feeling of safety, a feeling that everything is alright and anything is possible. “You are okay, and you are loved” More and more, this seems to be the most important message, both to hear and to share.
Rest now. You are okay. You are loved. You are taken care of.