The beloved 13th century mystic and poet Jelalludin Rumi is one of the most widely quoted and loved spiritual teachers. The original inspiration to create the Winter Feast for the Soul was from a Rumi quote. His words can be enjoyed on many levels, even in translation, and during the Winter Feast you may find daily inspiration here.
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?”
“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” —Rumi
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” —Rumi
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” —Rumi
“What you seek is seeking you.” —Rumi
“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” —Rumi
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” —Rumi
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” —Rumi
“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged” —Rumi
“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.” —Rumi
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
“Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, "Be more silent." As that happens, your soul starts to revive.”
“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
“I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.”
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
“Try something different. Surrender.”
“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well when a strong rope is in my hand?”
“Limp along until your legs are spent,
and you fall flat and your energy is drained.
Then the grace of the Divine will lift you.”
“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart”
“When you lose all sense of self, the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your own soul.”
“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
“Love is the whole thing.
We are only pieces.”
“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”
“Into this new love, die
your way begins on the other side
become the sky
take an axe to the prison wall,
walk out like someone suddenly born into color
do it now”
“Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.”
“A wealth you cannot imagine
flows through you.
Do not consider what strangers say.
Be secluded in your secret heart-house,
that bowl of silence.”
“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you... This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”
“Peaceful is the one who's not concerned with having more or less.
Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”
“Never think that you are worthless.
God has paid an enormous amount for you,
and the gifts keep arriving.”
“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.”
“I made an oath to myself:
as long as I live
as long as my soul remains in this body
I won't deviate from the right way
but later I looked to my left and then to my right
and I saw our beloved everywhere
how could I make a wrong turn?”
“We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain
and what cures pain, both. We are
the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.”
“Get yourself out of the way, and let joy have more space.”
“The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore”
“On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.”