How did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
We all remain
Too frightened

– Hafiz


A little gem by Hafiz, simple and true. It reminds me how important that “encouragement of light” against my being is, when I notice the habitual voice of self criticism with its newsreel of my failures. How can I speak to myself more kindly? How can I meet myself with warmth? And where might I take in the good of others who support or appreciate me?

May we all blossom, and flourish in our lives…



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