In honor of my 200th post, my daily practices and the joy inside…


In the early morning hour,

just before dawn, lover and beloved wake

and take a drink of water.

She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?

Really, tell the absolute truth.”

He says, “There’s nothing left of me.

I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.

Is it still a stone, or a world

made of redness? It has no resistance

to sunlight.”

This is how Hallaj said, I am God,

and told the truth!

The ruby and the sunrise are one.

Be courageous and discipline yourself.

Completely become hearing and ear,

and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.

Work. Keep digging your well.

Don’t think about getting off from work.

Water is there somewhere.

Submit to a daily practice.

Your loyalty to that

is a ring on the door.

Keep knocking, and the joy inside

will eventually open a window

and look out to see who’s there.

– Rumi

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3 Responses to #200

  1. Christa says:

    Congratulations on your 200th post…. And what an incredibly appropriate post it is!

    “Keep digging your well…”. Wonderful imstruction for today, still wonderfully relevant. Timeless words. Thank you.


  2. Cynthia says:

    200 already, yay Alana. I love this poem, and I love how my life is unfolding…Thank you.

  3. pamela says:

    200 – WOW!!! Beautiful poem!

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