Monday, January 17, 2011

Seducing the formless into form

My daily practice these days takes about an hour and typically includes:

  • waking at 5 AM
  • dream journaling (assuming there’s a dream worthy of it),
  • a quick yoga routine,
  • playing a Native American flute,
  • reading poetry—Hafiz, Rumi, Rilke, for now
  • 20 minutes or a little bit more of Samantha (concentration) meditation.

I finish up by cultivating the intention to awaken kindness, compassion, and wisdom throughout the day ahead.

From there it’s off to the living room for tea with my wife.

Today this poem by Hafiz spoke out:

that illumined 
who keeps
seducing the formless into form
had the charm to win my
only a perfect one

who is always
laughing at the word
can make you know




steven said...

hafiz, rumi, rilke - each dance in the deep maps of this place. steven

Ruth said...

If each of us were to make such intentional use of our time as you do in that hour, Dan, imagine how the world would be. It astonishes me just to think of it. It is love, really. Pure and simple. Love is attention. To begin the day with this attention to what is invisible, to the heartbeat beneath the visible manifestation, to hear and listen to what is being said to our soul, non-stop, forever and ever, there is just no way to not have that change your life!

I have not yet followed Hafiz's words the way I read Rumi daily, and now Rilke. As Steven says, he is another dancer in the same dance, just as you are, Steven is, and so many of our friends are. What delight!!

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Dan Gurney said...

steven, yes, they do see well below the surface to a deeper reality. reality. They do such a good job of describing it.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Ruth. I so agree about the closeness of love and attention. In my work with young children I notice how needful they are of attention. Kids who've been labeled as having "attention deficit disorder" often seem to be extra hungry for non-judgmental attention from adults. I notice that attention (love) goes a long way towards healing them.

In regard to dancing the dance, the real trick is to keep step with that dance outside of the meditation room.

It's a delight to share with bloggy friends.

Stream Source said...

A perfect routine... so similar to one I once followed. This is a reminder for me to return to structure. I tend toward free flowing...but I recognize the value of discipline.

Sufi poets own my heart...

Paul C said...

A commendable early morning regimen. I like the idea of the poem about 'two.' Two involves dichotomies, contrasts, toward harmony; oneness is a worthy goal.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Stream Source. For me it comes down to whether I feel an extra hour's sleep is worth the meditation, yoga, music, and poetry. For decades now, I've chosen the latter suite of activities over sleep. If I need more sleep, all I need to do is to go to bed earlier! (By the way, I cannot meditate at night without tending to fall asleep.)

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul. Yes. The poem points at that sense I think many of us have that there's an essential oneness behind the myriad "ten thousand" things we deal with every day. Is it love?