8 Great Life Lessons from Rumi

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

By Zeenat | Positive Provocations

“Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.” ~ Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, also known as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic who, and in my personal opinion, wrote some of the most beautiful and most profound words that were ever written.


Rumi’s words, his verses and his poetry has always inspired me. Its moved me at the soul level. Its made me understand so many of life’s truths that sometimes when I sit to soak in his words, I am astounded by what they reveal. You can read the same poetry a hundred times over and each time you will come to understand another layer of the wisdom it offers. Amazing right?!

I was introduced to Rumi by my very brilliant dad. He loved all things poetry and I was always surrounded by books and debates discussing essential life philosophy. I started reading Rumi when I was just 12 years old! While other girls my age read Nancy Drews I was reading Rumi and Gibran…yeah go figure 🙂 I obviously couldn’t process Rumi’s words at the time, but I loved how his words calmed me. Dad would often quote Rumi in his day to day interactions. He would quote him in Urdu, Farsi and English. All these years of being exposed to this Sufi wisdom tends to rub off  🙂
I often say that I am a Sufi at heart.

Today I want to share with you some of the life lessons I have learnt from Rumi’s wisdom so that you too may benefit from it and stay inspired:

8 Positive Life Lessons from #RUMI

1) STOP ACTING SO SMALL

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ~ Rumi

Self doubt is one of the major reasons we don’t fulfill our dreams. We think “how” while the Universe is already preparing to make the dream a reality, we stay stuck in the ‘smallness’ of the how. Our job is not to worry about the how, our job is to dream big and believe without a shadow of doubt that it WILL materialize. When we can truly believe that we are part of the Divine Universe and are capable of anything, we will stop being stuck in the smallness of it all. We will fully realize our potential and live a happily positive life.

2) LET GO OF JUDGEMENT

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Rumi

We are all in this highly judgmental zone all the time. News papers, paparazzi, breaking news channels have made passing judgments on people their business and they make damn good money doing it too! Just recently someone I know was wrongly accused by the local papers here. The story ran sans any investigation and boom reputations tarnished forever. Ironic as it may seem…. we all are so quick to label stuff as right or wrong, black or white. However evolved we may become, we have been conditioned to live in a “put a label on it” world. In my opinion, its exhausting! That’s why this quote by Rumi is one of my favorites. It affirms that we do not need to always neatly fit things in labeled boxes. It ok to let go and simply LIVE. No judgment. No comparison. No burden of the right way…or the wrong way..Just descend into the sacred space in your heart, where only purity resides. Operate from that space. That space is where the calm is, the magic is, the soul feels most alive.

3) IT’S THE INNER BONDING THAT MATTERS

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” ~ Rumi

While growing up we are all trained to behave a certain way. How this or that is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour. How this or that is the acceptable or unacceptable thing to say. On focusing on the outer cover of ourselves, we conveniently forget that its not what is on the outside that makes memories, its the feeling, the bond that one smile can create that literally lasts a lifetime. I still remember the smile of one distinguished old man when I was traveling many years back. It was SO crowded I could hardly breathe, but amidst it all that smile came through and made me feel like ‘everything is fine.’ Its only after the journey ended that I had a chance to catch up with the old man who came forward to to tell me that I reminded him of his grand daughter. We are still in touch.

4) DO WHAT YOU LOVE

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi

Loving what you do and doing what you love is the fuel that keeps us happy. Ask a person who is stuck in a job he or she doesn’t love and you will know what I mean. No matter which job or position you are stuck in, remember that there is always hope and that what you love will eventually BE what you do. Don’t ever let those dreams die in the rubble of societal pressures. Let those dreams of what you love motivate you to slowly but steadily work towards that goal. When we are guided by what we love, it will always create success and happiness.

5) HURT IS A BLESSING

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi

Our lifetimes are full of ups and downs. We each have to go through our downs in order to truly cherish our Ups. Its very easy to fall prey to the negative spiral that a hurting heart can bring about. But its far more rewarding to learn from that hurting heart. What doesn’t break you only makes you stronger and wiser. Think of all the times you have been hurt as a blessing in disguise…cause if it wasn’t for that experience you wouldn’t have become the evolved soul you are today. Darkness is NOT something to be scared of when you have a bright heart that has been blessed with wisdom from past hurts. Today, I am thankful for all my past scars, because if it wasn’t for those scars I wouldn’t be who I am today.

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