The Breeze at Dawn

“For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn’t decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.” — Rumi

I would have to say that Rumi is one of my all-time favorite poets. When I discovered Rumi… I mean really discovered Rumi – meaning that I could actually hear and take in the wisdom – I was in my early thirties. I came alive. I became so alive that in those days I wept quite often. My heart broke wide open because it could no longer contain the levels of Love that were visited upon me. Just to know that there had been another human on the planet that felt and experienced these things, and did not immediately cage it and develop products and workshops around it, was enough to keep me going… and then some. Not that I haven’t gotten a lot out of products and workshops in the past, but you know what I mean.

I know I am blessed and I express my gratitude on a daily basis – sometimes several times a day – speaking, singing, laughing, creating, and feeling… everything. It is the only way that I can survive the joy that I feel in the “breeze of dawn” – and all of the glorious “secrets” that she tells.

Rumi inspires me, and no matter what’s going on around me, his poetry always helps me to feel that things are getting better.

[Song removed 11/13/06]

14 thoughts on “The Breeze at Dawn

  1. When I read that poem Eileen, it makes me feel like I should start getting up at 5 am to catch the sunrise. But on further pondering, I feel a slight pull of an awareness dimmer switch that I feel is out of my control (though it certainly is), slowly lulling me. I don\’t know how better to express it, except there is an old old channel carved in my life and the more I become aware, the more I can feel when I am in it. Of course, this is the sleepy place I believe Rumi speaks about.. or the small i. The large I catches the sunrise.. anytime…..?And I read over what I\’ve written to try to edit, to see if it sounds sleepy.. or awake. Just like the first line about copying people, I am editing for approval status. Fact is, I\’ve always wanted to be approved, but then even when I get it, I want more.. and it leads to doing things the way others might want them done.. instead of the way I want them done. So they will be happy.Well, I will sleep in late and paint my own \”sunrise\” in a unique way. And experience my awakeness through life.. through relationships and through art and through joy. I will have the company of loved ones, and the peace of mind and heart that will set me free from struggle. And I will see Rumi sometime in the afternoon. ;^)


  2. Hi again EileenI completely fogot to mention a few words about the poem of Rumi!It is a most wonderful poem!Ilias has said all I would have liked to have said!I am able to write poetry much better than comments!Take care!Margie:)


  3. I\’ll have to wait until tonight to hear your song, but I appreciate your words on Rumi. I\’ve read some of the Sufi wisdom and found I could relate to a lot of it and I learned a lot, too! Interestingly, my first exposure to Rumi was through a woman who, while she loves his work, is the least spiritual person I\’ve ever known. In fact, she categorically rejects a great deal of what could be labeled as spiritual yet quotes Rumi and reads his work all the time. How strange to me.


  4. As always, I appreciate all of your comments – Margie, Neers, Tree and Ilias.Ilias (and Margie), I so appreciate this kind of honesty. I feel that we experience the sunrise when we experience it – with no goal setting or expectation. Your approach to the concept of the sunrise is a wise one, Ilias. As far as copying others or \”editing for approval\”, I feel that these are conditioned survival skills and we should not punish ourselves when they show up. I just do my best to acknowledge it when I see it and let it go. We\’re in the \’in-between\’, where we haven\’t fully or consistently seen or felt the alternative yet because we\’re still looking for it outside of ourselves. My post was about being inspired by Rumi. He helps me to remember that lovely place within that hasn\’t necessarily set up camp yet in the solid world. Know what I mean?Tree, when I find people like the one you have referred to, I become insanely curious. I HAVE to know how they have filed things away in their minds when on the surface their words and behavior are a paradox of sorts. Obviously I don\’t know the person you are referring to, but usually I find that some folks have found an acceptable little corner of their filing cabinet that has more to do with love relationships amongst humans than a relationship with the Divine. And that\’s great! Ultimately it\’s all the same anyway!Overall, I believe Rumi was saying \”Don\’t go back to sleep\” and \”You must ask for what you really want\” out of that very real childlike joy that comes in wanting to share the excitement of it all with everyone you know.


  5. It\’s is nice to feel that gratitude you speak of, regardless of the hour. I used to feel a lot of things, but I struggled to feel the gratitude in the mix. I love that gratitude is one of my most frequent and strong feelings these days. I like being happy with what I\’m given and being unafraid to ask for more. Life is good.


  6. Lynilu, you are in a good place indeed :-)Kuan, I do know that you resonate with Rumi! I ended up on your site one day when you had a Rumi poem posted. It was exactly what I needed in that moment. Thank you.


  7. Eileen,I do know that my center is there. I am in my center. And then there is outside of the center, where the hallucinations, expectations, disappointments are. How to stay there in the center. That\’s what I hear Rumi playing with in this poem when I read it now. Amazing that much agonizing is about not believing in what we truly want. Or not knowing what we really want as Rumi says. Perhaps some of the sleeping is about not knowing , trusting, or accepting. Is what I think I want what I truly want? Fear of success comes up. Courage is needed, the flip side of that issue. Thank you,Ilias


  8. Thank you for more of that juicy honesty Ilias. I\’d like to zero in on the word \”accepting\”. This is a big one – I have found. So many of us latch onto the identity or label of \”seeker\”. Becoming a \”finder\” is when we accept that we already are that which we THINK we are seeking. Feelings take us directly to that knowing center, while thinking perpetuates the illusory dance between \”center\” and \”out of center\”. A good question we might ask ourselves (and answer) on a regular basis is, \”Am I ready to become a finder?\”Something to feel into 😉


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