Hafiz did it. He got me to dance. He got me out of my head and into my body. The leader for our Journeys of the Heart retreat this past weekend was funny, smart, gifted, and very intellectual. Her brain excited my brain for sure. I loved the power point presentation, all the amazing quotes from authors, scholars, and well respected people in the field of psychology and self-help, and the way she zipped along with all the information. I was grinning from ear to ear. I was engaged in all of the small and large group dialogues. I was journal writing like mad.
Enter Hafiz and his poem, I have learned so much, and that is where my mind began to unravel. Thank goodness for my body and its infinite wisdom and longing.
Our instructions were to journal, reflect and then share in a small group dialogue. I read the poem at least 10 times and then got up and promptly walked out the front door into the bright sun and crisp winter air. I could no longer deny my body and its need to move. It was the only way I could make sense of the line that was inspiring me and confusing me:
Love has befriended me so completely It has turned to ash and freed Me of every concept my mind has ever known.
There are some things that the body just knows so completely and fully; the mind pales in comparison every time.
Note for Tuesday: Trust the body! (and dance for heaven’s sake.)