more Rumi

Monday, August 17, 2009

not sure what these are called but they grow by the edge of the sea

Learn the alchemy
true human beings know.
The moment you accept
what troubles you've been given,
the door will open


Rumi tells us that the moment we accept the troubles we've been given, the door will open. Sounds easy, sounds attractive, but it is difficult, and most of us pound on the door to freedom and happiness with every manipulative ploy save the one that actually works. If you're interested in opening the door to the heavens, start with the door to your own secret self. See what happens when you offer a glimpse of who you really are. Start slowly. Without getting dramatic, share the simple dignity of yourself in each moment–your triumphs and your failures, your satisfaction and your sorrows. Face your embarrassments at being human, and you'll uncover a deep well of passion and compassion. It's great power, your Open Secret. When your heart is undefended, you make it safe for whomever you meet to put down his burden of hiding, and you both can walk through the open door.

Broken Open - How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow - Elizabeth Lesser

This blog of mine, more than any other part of my world - helps me open that door

When They Revolutionize Cocktail Parties - Marilyn Sandberg

"Hello, what are you afraid of ?"
"Me too"
"When you hear a Mahler symphony ?"
No, when I wake up in the night."
"Me too."
"Nice meeting you."
"Same here."

especially for MLou ... who bravely attends many a cocktail party ...


  1. What a wonderful blog. I relate to it all. Thank you, Susan. Your blog opens doors of understanding for me, too.

  2. I did drop down the rabbit hole...and I'd love to go to Marilyn Sandbergs cocktail party and meet her friends! It can be difficult when one is down the rabbit hole and friends and family are still on the surface. Love the depth and sincerity of your blog Susan. Thank you for opening your door to all of us.

  3. I 'get' this wisdom from Rumi & Elizabeth - now, how to really truly live it?

  4. Hey Veronica - it is comforting though to "get it" don't you think. Realizing and trying to remember that what you think is only going on in your own head is actually the human condition. I find this very comforting and just as our creativity works - practice does makes perfect. ;-)

  5. Whenever I read Rumi I get that a-ha feeling. This one especially. accept what troubles you have been given, the door will open...


  6. hahahhah..... that's funny! when I saw rumi....I just automatically thought...more ruminations. Guess I'm not very enlightened...haven't a clue who Rumi is....
    But...I absolutely love your pic of the lovely little fuzzy caterpillar thingies....

    and, now, I'm off to check out the clafaouti....I must make one and soon....I hve wanted to try it for ages.... and also..must use my Italian plums... in my great plum loaf that I made several of last year and wish I had made ...oh... say ....about..... 14 ?? they were YUMMY !

  7. If cocktail parties were like that, I would agree to go more often.

  8. Wish I was staying by that sea-shore..
    How beautiful..! Soothing colors and texture..:)
    Loved the verses..

    'Learn the alchemy
    true human beings know.
    The moment you accept
    what troubles you've been given,
    the door will open'

    That was a gr8 learning..really enriching..Thanks!
    Keep posting amazingly like this..:)


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