Thank you ❤️and from the large jug, drink

Sufi chant – artist unknown; source: Pinterest

Thanks so much, everyone, for “listening to” (i.e. reading) my ramblings and oddities. I know I have a lot of work to do in my own corner. Thanks also to all of you for sharing your truths. Helps me a lot. I’m learning from you.

Thought I’d share a few meanderings:

Loved this quote and post from fellow WordPress blogger, “boozebrain.” You can read the rest of the post at the included link below the quote.

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Reblogged from Hafiz helps me again — by “boozebrain”:

“This week […] I have bitten back when I know wish I hadn’t. I realise, yet again, that I still have much to learn about myself, people and life. As the Stoics say — ‘The obstacle is the way.’ I can’t run, avoid, hide, use passive aggressive behaviour…”

Read more at:

Hafiz helps me again — by “boozebrain” 

(WP Reader link, for those of you inside WordPress: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/773830/posts/2316137506)

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Other “sharings” I’ve loved today:

Sober Asian Mom – Happy Dreams
Definitely dreamy and inspiring, filled with loving vibes… and hope. Thanks again, sam!
(WP Reader link: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/94415537/posts/2318996751

Nelson’s blog (“One Drunk’s Tale”) — just found your about page, Nelson!:
https://onedrunkstale.wordpress.com/about-me/
(Note for Nelson: I tried to comment, but as usual I have tech problems commenting from the front end of anyone’s WP blog. Some glitch in my browser settings that even WordPress support team couldn’t seem to figure out. Just wanted to say I loved reading your encapsulated story, and by the way I am originally from the west coast of Canada, too!)

Finally, I share this beautiful poem from Hafiz, which I found because I looked up more about him after reading boozebrain’s post. I have loved Rumi before (another sufi poet) but did not know much about Hafiz. Thanks for the enlightenment, bb.

The below poem is from: http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/Hafiz.html

It’s seems at first glance to be about wine, in its original version (which I have modified here for the purpose of sharing perhaps more helpfully on this sobriety blog), but as the quoted webpage’s author says, wine in sufi poetry often symbolizes love. Wouldn’t it be nice to drink of unity and love, rather than binging toxically on other substances, against our truer desires?

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From the Large Jug, Drink (by sufi poet Hafiz)

 

“From the large jug, drink the love of Unity,
So that from your heart you can wash away the futility of life’s grief.
 
“But like this large jug, still keep the heart expansive.
Why would you want to keep the heart captive, like an unopened bottle?
 
“With your mouth full of love, you are selfless
And will never boast of your own abilities again.
 
“Be like the humble stone at your feet rather than striving to be like a
Sublime cloud: the more you mix colours of deceit, the more colourless
   your ragged wet coat will get.
 
“Connect the heart to the love, so that it has body,
Then cut off the neck of hypocrisy and piety of this new man.
 
“Be like Hafiz: Get up and make an effort. Don’t lie around like a bum.
He who throws himself at the Beloved’s feet is like a workhorse and will
    be rewarded with boundless pastures and eternal rest.”
Note from sobrietytree: The three instances of the word “love” appearing in the version above were changed by me from the word “wine,” and the words “of wine” were deleted from just after the phrase “like an unopened bottle” – to show one interpretation of the poem’s more literal meaning.
For more on symbolism in sufi poetry, you could visit here:
https://www.al-islam.org/wine-love-mystical-poetry-imam-khomeini/appendix-symbolism-religious-poetry

 

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Thanks everyone for your support, sharing and feedback here on WordPress. Has been very helpful.

Lots of love,

xo st

p.s. happy solstice! may we all find balance, peace, unity.

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2 thoughts on “Thank you ❤️and from the large jug, drink

  1. Love this! I love and follow sexysobriety on Instagram. Her book is awesome and she’s coming out with another soon! She has a recipe she posted recently for a fun non-alcohol drink I can’t wait to try!

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