I Saw Rumi Tonight

My Personal Oil Slick

one of my most favorite Middle Eastern poems goes about the virtue of destruction of the self. it goes something like “in near extinction, i become exalted.” tonight, i saw what this means when i saw the Turkish Whirling Dervishes. this is not some cheap bellydancing on a cruise but a witness to a holy ritual. i am given the opportunity to witness how it is with dance, focus, meditation, and music, the body, the self, the mind become dissolved in prayer as if for a moment to be truly one with the universe. i do not know much about music but the Turkish zither was the most beautiful sound tonight. I was this close to Rumi tonight seeing those priests swirl like beautiful planets in the cosmos. My Istanbul trip is complete but it is not yet done And I am grateful.

this trip is a runner-up for among…

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