Quote: Rumi, on how (& how not) to find True Love.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 26, 2011
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How to Fall in Love: Rumi, & Pema. Do not Seek & Ye Shall Find. 


The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
they’re in each other all along.


The Beloved Poet, Rumi.

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek & find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”

~ Rumi



Pema Chodron on opening your heart:

“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ”
“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”
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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


16 Responses to “Quote: Rumi, on how (& how not) to find True Love.”

  1. Beautiful! It's always in there…we just need to open up.

  2. Please note that the above quote from A Course in Miracles is often misattributed to Rumi; see here: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Rumi#Misattributed

  3. Jill says:

    Thanks. For this.

  4. […] Rumi was all of those things, and I feel encouraged and uplifted when I read his words. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense” […]

  5. […] Rumi is rumored to have said, “Out beyond our ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there.” […]

  6. Lauren says:

    This spoke to and from heart this morning, Waylon. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. @emilyalp says:

    Rumi and Pema … could it get any better?? Thank you for this, Waylon 🙂

  8. Ankit says:

    Total crap. I clicked it for rumi. I hope you people start writing better articles. First when I saw this website, I was impressed by the choice of topics. But looking at the quality of articles has disappointed me.

  9. Edith says:

    I agree the article is thin… but not crap!

  10. anbayat says:

    The best Rumi poetry comes from Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi. Beautiful works. But to get the full affect you have to read it in New Persian. The most beautiful and my favourite.

  11. Djana says:

    This is more like a Facebook post. What is the message behind this? Are you trying to tell people they should cheat? Do you have a problem with people being committed to one another? I'm noticing this more and more on this site.

  12. Don says:

    Wiki can never be credible source my friend.

  13. Maya says:

    Well..if it is Waylon's article, don't expect much. He just strings together 2 or 3 lines said by somebody else. Except for his writings, I enjoy reading Elephant Journal.