There are times throughout the week when I can use a little inspiration. This is often when I turn to the Sufi master Jalal ud-din Rumi, better known as Rumi. His unique vision of Islam really speaks to me.

I’ve recently picked up water coloring and felt the urge to render this portrait, to capture the Persian mystic a I see him.

So here’s to you Rumi, happy Labor Day.

Rumi Watercolor


Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.

Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.


Walk out like somebody suddenly born into color.

Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side.

and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon
comes out now.

– Jelaluddin Rumi

I don’t come across many poets that move me in such ways, but like I said, In Rumi I’ve found an exception.

Who or what do you turn to for a little mid-week pick me up or influence when your creative juices are running low?

So I’m off to a weekend of leisure in the woodland forests of Arkansas with Jaclyn. An overdue road trip which may, or may not, involve drinking and poolside antics.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend make sure to take the time to be thankful for the laborers of the world, including yourself! Without whom this planet would be much less hospitable.

Cheers, Yallah bye!



9 responses to “Sufi Wisdom”

  1. Rumi has a way that no other author has…


  2. I am new to your blog and am enjoying it very much. You have a real sense of adventure. I decided to comment on this post simply because I’ve been to Konya a few times (where, of course, Rumi had a long-standing connection). Some years ago, with a group of undergraduate Uni students, we saw Mevlevis “perform” in a medieval stone building in Cappadocia. An extraordinary experience. Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”. Sorry there is nothing Nabatean so far! Phil.


  3. Love the sketch…and the Rumi poem. Funny, a friend just sent me another poem by him yesterday to lift my spirits. Thank you for visiting my blog, sir. – Bill


  4. There’s a lot of wisdom to be found in some of the olden poets regardless of the hat they wear. Sufism and Zen aphorisms often seem interchangeable—common source, or common truths, or both?


  5. Cool blog post, cool website. Love the heading “yalla bye.” Thanks for liking !


  6. Love the pictures! I lived in AZ for 7 years and love the cacti. We also lived in Mahhattan KS for a few years and I loved Kansas City. Thanks for reading my post from India…It is an incredible place too! Thanks for the like! Visit again soon…..Namaste. . . .


  7. I am loving the tour of your blog !
    I love Rumi too…All of his quotes are rather an inspiration to think forward. have never found such depth in anything before. Thanks for sharing !
    Will read more of your posts now. Following you ! xx


  8. I love your blog, it’s beautiful and inspiring, like Sufi wisdom…


  9. haha…love your title, Yallah bye. Having spent 17 years living in the Middle East, yanni, I know this is what they say. Cheers!


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