Overall Outlook: Speak with conviction, compassion, and kindness, not solely to prove your worth.
There are those, so gifted with words, that in a few simple phrases can describe the deepest truths. Jelaluddin Rumi is one such individual. He lived 800 years ago, yet his words are more relevant to our present time than so much that is thrown at us today. I happened upon a collection of Rumi’s work put together by Coleman Barks entitled, “Rumi: The Book of Love”, and will share a few over the coming weeks. My hope is that it will add a little beauty, peace and light to your day.
The sound of salaams rising as waves
diminish down in prayer,
hoping for some trace of the one
whose trace does not appear.
If anyone asks you to say who you are,
say without hesitation, soul
within soul within soul.
There’s a pearl diver who does not know
how to swim! No matter.
Pearls are handed to him on the beach.
We lovers laugh to hear, “There should be
more that and that more this,”
coming from people sitting in a wagon
tilted in a ditch.
Going in search of the heart, I found
a huge rose, and roses under all our feet!
How to say this to someone who denies it?
The robe we wear is the sky’s cloth.
Everything is soul and flowering.
A little history on where all these slackers got their start…
Yosemite Valley was discovered by modern man in 1851 and was immediately recognized as a sacred place. In the early 1970′s as the sport of climbing developed, the National Park became a mecca, pilgrims travelling to be among revered rocks and striking precipices. From short hikes to multi-day epics on popular features such as Half Dome, El Capitan and countless others, climbers and adventurers experience a magical world. Pioneers in the sport tell stories of camp 4, a popular campground amongst the trees which quickly became a regular community of thrill seekers pursuing the rapidly growing sport, and was soon the center of rock climbing’s modern cultural development. It was in this place that the sport of slacklining came into existence. After long days of jugging, hammering, scoping, bolting, cleaning, smearing, crimping, jamming, bleeding, taping, sending and summiting, climbers would flock back to camp 4 and create new ways to spend down-time. The inhabitants could be found walking parking lot chains, hand railings, and ropes strung up between the trees. As local hotshots and visitors alike were seen achieving dynamic balance, the practice became increasingly popular, and noted for its added positive effects in honing balance for climbing, and strengthening the legs and core. Right on! For these same reasons, slacklining has become pretty popular among the surfer crowd.