Wherever you are, remember how worthy you are. Kindness toward yourself and going gently will take you far.
This is the message I needed to hear after 2016, and the poem I’m sending you today helped me turn toward bigger truths. I hope it does that for you, too.
It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m submerged in the depths of art-making and reflection.
Yeah, I’m working. 🙂
Am I the only one who loves to work through the bells and fireworks ushering in the new year?
December is traditionally a hugely productive creative time for me. One of my rituals is to comb through my journals and notebooks for quotes and poems I’ve collected over the past year.
Here’s one that especially captures the essence of the creative journey.
The Place Where You Are Now
This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there—
Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,
But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,
Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,
The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.
Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,
For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.
But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses
As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky, in the book, The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz
Happy New Year!
However you are celebrating. And whether you are going all warrior-esse on your bigass goals for 2017, or are just glad you made it through 2016 in more or less on piece. I’m feeling a little bit of both.
I’m thinking of you, and how our love of creativity connects us.
I wish you sweet kindness toward yourself, and that you sense a glimmer of the radiant gifts that you carry within.
with much love,