I read a poem today by the ancient Sufi poet Rumi, and was so moved by it that I wanted to read it again and again, each time imagining all the people I love best, and trying to recall an early moment at which I knew that I loved them. I’m thinking of that moment when you see an individual ‘with god’s eyes,’ so to speak, when you realize the true radiance of that person’s soul, and are practically stupefied by it.

I have felt screaming love for lots of people in my lifetime – and I still do, to be sure – but perhaps the particular love which resonates the loudest, and the most relevant and profound to me now, is the one which was created as I transformed into a mother.

I think of the moment when, after laboring all night and pushing as hard as I could for almost an hour, I opened my eyes and beheld the tiny helpless human who had crossed the stars to come be my child, to transform my life, and to teach me a new way to love. There on my chest, weighing practically nothing, was something like a bag of water with limbs, but containing eyes that revealed all the cosmos in each blink.

Every day, as this lifetime reveals yet a little more of itself, I grow more enticed and excited, more amazed, and more at peace with the dream of time we all are co-creating.  For it, I want to thank you all, and thank the universe and god, for all the incredible bounty I have witnessed.



From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it

Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for

Today I have found you
and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as I did

I am bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes

My heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever
for this wondrous beauty
that I now behold

I am ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of God
to call it divine

Your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
You have breathed new life into me
I have become your sunshine
and also your shadow

My soul is screaming in ecstasy
Every fiber of my being
is in love with you

Your effulgence
has lit a fire in my heart
for me
the earth and sky

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer

The Love Poems of RUMI
Edited by Deepak Chopra
Translations by Farsi scholar Fereydoun Kia