A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth.
courageous man went and rescued the bear.
There are such helpers
in the world, who rush to save
anyone who cries out. Like Mercy
they run toward the screaming.
And they can't be
If you were to ask one of those, "Why did you come
so quickly?" He or she would say, "Because I heard
Where lowland is,
that's where water
goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.
And don't just
ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music. . . .
to One Who Helps.
Crying out loud and
weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.
Just a little
and she's there.
God created the
child, that is, your wanting,
so that it might cry out, so that
milk might come.
Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of Loving flow into
The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.
Respond to every
that excites your spirit.
Ignore those that make
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease
— Jelaluddin Rumi in Delicious Laughter
translated by Coleman Barks
To Practice This Thought: During these days of grief, give
thanks for the many helpers, cry out loud to the One Who Helps, and
ignore those that make you fearful.
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