Sometimes I get a hankering to read a little bit of Kahlil Gibran's writings. Usually pretty partial to reading out of The Prophet, but tonight I felt drawn to read a few excerpts from The Garden of The Prophet. A few of those pages seemed to stand out a little more than some of the others. If you have this book I pulled the following excerpt from pages 32-33.
His writings always make me stop to ponder how his words relate to me and my current location in any number of my journeys. I think if you took 10 people, and had them all read the same section, you would get 10 different meanings and perceptions. All right, none wrong, they're just all extremely personal and intimate with each individual person where they are in their life at that given moment in time.
I find this to be a good detour from times where I lack staying in the present/now, reminiscing too much about the past and the countless hours I spend daydreaming about the future. When nothing seems to work to bring myself back into Mindfulness and being Present in the Now, I find a few pages of his thoughts help snap me back into finding my center and re-grounding my heart, mind and soul again. Hope you enjoy his writing as much as I do. :-D
*** The Garden of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran *** (Excerpt from Page 32-33)
And on a morning when the sky was yet pale with dawn, they walked all together in the Garden and looked unto the East and were silent in the presence of the rising sun.
And after a while Almustafa pointed with his hands, and he said: "The image of the morning sun in a dewdrop is not less than the sun. The reflection of life in your soul is not less than life.
"The dewdrop mirrors the light because it is one with light, and you reflect life because you and life are one.
"When darkness is upon you, say: 'This darkness is dawn not yet born; and though night's travail be full upon me, yet shall dawn be born unto me even as unto the hills'.
"The dewdrop rounding its sphere in the dusk of the lily is not unlike yourself gathering your soul in the heart of God.
"Shall a dewdrop say: 'But once in a thousand years am I even a dewdrop,' speak you and answer it saying: 'Know you not that the light of all the years is shining in your circle?' "