accessing that big vein in our necks ..... without any sharp objects although toxic odors and permanently stained fingers may be required

 "Listen to the sound of the waves within you -
you are dreaming your thirst,
when the water you want is inside the big vein in your neck." - Rumi

lucita peek polarity locket
When I was a little girl, a hippie cousin a few years older than me introduced me to Rumi - the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic.

Charlene spent part of a summer at our house sneaking visits with the boyfriend her parents had forbidden her to see while my mother pretended to look the other way.

I spent that summer obsessed with Rumi and my new colorful, thick permanent markers that left my fingers stained for weeks - making posters that read stuff like - "let what you love be what you do" and "what you seek is seeking you".

 (almost everything ever worth saying was said by Rumi seven hundred years ago)

I started 4th grade a totally different person. No one noticed.

I want to dedicate another summer to Rumi (and yes, I'm buying some poster board and colorful thick markers - I might buy the washable ones, but if they don't have that same toxic marker smell and I don't think they do - I might have to buy the old school kind and just work on the front porch) and since this a business blog (sort of) I have looked to see what Rumi has to say about 'work'

(although everything Rumi says applies to everything, but just so we have a kind of jumping off point).

"Everyone has been made for some particular work
and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."- Rumi

Let's start with this. It feels kind of like summer to me (and yes, I realize I am rushing things a bit - it is still spring in some parts of the world, although it is like 40 degrees in the shade here right now) - but it feels like the heartfelt work of summer to me. 

The best thing about being an artist now is that we do not have to wait for someone to hire us before we can get to work - we are not waiting to be picked anymore - not waiting to be discovered - we are done waiting.

Part 1 this week - vocations and avocations since the shift

"If you are irritated by every rub - how will your mirror be polished?" - Rumi
(just remembering how I irritated the sh*t out of my mother with this one everytime she complained about the heat that summer)

also this week we have to talk about the new moon / solar eclipse in Taurus -  this one is about security and self worth and anarchy and buried treasure - what a week!


KJ said...

So what does Rami have to say about random responses?

Today I made beads from beads, which will be made into a necklace. The beads I worked with today were a gift from my mother which she picked up on a trip to Greece. My mom knows I am an artist, a creator, thus she brings me gifts which are appropriate.

Today I paid off two creators for apps. I downloaded a free app to listen to podcasts on my phone - after using it for a year I thought it was time to show my appreciation to the creator, so I sent money. I paid off a second creator for a new app I will use to read political blogs on my phone when Google Reader goes away.

I am reminded that everything is connected to everything else.

Catherine Ivins said...

hmmm - I remember something like -"there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground" and something like "sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment" and much about connection - random responses are totally appropriate for my random posts and yours always make me think anyway xo