First, listen

To understand, it is important to listen. To actively engage in your perceptive abilities. Not just hear, but be willing to accept the message.

The Sufi poet and mystic Rumi phrased it this way: “Let this window be your ear. I have lost consciousness many times with longing for your listening silence, and your life-quickening smile.”

Rumi here speaks to a lover, listing five things he must say. Of the five, only the first two really appear applicable, but that is one of the beauties of Rumi – deceptiveness that leads to truth.

If you only read the surface – and not fully accept the message – you miss out on the truth.

This is as important, or more so, when dealing with people as it is when reading poetic Sufism.

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