what you focus on expands

by michelle on February 28, 2012

If You Don’t Stop That
by Hafiz

I used to live in
A cramped house with confusion
And pain.

But then I met the Friend
And started getting drunk
And singing all

Confusion and pain
Started acting nasty,
Making threats,
With talk like this,

“If you don’t stop ‘that’ –
All that fun –


(“The Gift” – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)


What about focusing on what feels goooood? The sweet spot. What about pleasure?

Perhaps there is a momentary balance to the deep work of seeing and accepting that I’ve been in.

Today I want to get drunk on joy and Divinity. I want to sing. Enjoying. Fascinated.

Confusion and pain can make their nasty threats and come back another day.

What about you? You drunk on life today?

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Rebekah March 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m glad you posted this passage on your blog – you read it in class the other day, but I didn’t really catch it’s meaning at the time. :-)


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