When you do things from your soul

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river
moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section, the feeling
disappears. Don’t let

others lead you.They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope

of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness

people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

Rumi (tr. Coleman Barks)

From The Soul of Rumi, 2001 (“Moving Water,” page 79).

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet.

Breathe.

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