Love Poems from Hafiz and Rumi for the New Year

Intention: 
To open your Heart

Below are 8 poems adapted into imagery exercises to send off 2017 and welcome in 2018. STARTING TODAY, DO ONE IMAGERY EXERCISE EACH DAY OF THE COMING WEEK THROUGH NEW YEAR'S DAY (or do them as you wish anytime). 

 Most are from Daniel Ladinsky’s translations of poems of Hafiz from The Subject Tonight is Love; the last two are Rumi’s from Coleman Bark’s translation.

For Day 1 (December 25)

Just Sit There

Close your eyes and breathe out one time slowly 

Just sitting there right now

Don’t do a thing

Just Rest

Breathe out one time

See and know for now separation from God

Is the hardest work in the world

Breathe out one time

See yourself bringing you trays of food

And something that you like to drink

Breathe out one time

Now, hear soft words, as a cushion for your head

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 2 (December 26)

Your Medicine

Close your eyes and breathe out one time slowly

See, sense, feel, and know If you have not been taking

Your medicine lately by saying your prayers every day

How can anyone seriously listen

To all your heartaches

About Life or

God?

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 3 (December 27)

The Happy Virus

Close your eyes and breathe out one time slowly 

See, sense and feel catching the happy virus last night

When you were out singing beneath the stars

It is remarkably contagious

So kiss me

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 4 (December 28)

Absolutely Clear

Close your eyes and breathe out three times slowly

Don’t surrender your loneliness

So quickly

Let it cut more deeply

Let it ferment and season you

As few humans

Or even divine ingredients can

Breathe out and know now something is missing in your heart tonight that

Has made your eyes so soft

Your voice so tender

Your need of God

Absolutely clear

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 5 (December 29)

Will Beat You Up

Close your eyes and breathe out three times slowly 

See, feel and know that jealousy and most all of your sufferings

Are from believing

You know better than God

BO1X See, feel and know that of course such a special brand

Of arrogance as that always

Proves disastrous

And rips the seams in

Your protective clothing that

BO1X Cordially invite in many species

Of mean biting flies and

Strange thoughts

That will beat you up.

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 6 (December 30)

The Subject Tonight Is Love

Close your eyes and breathe out one time slowly

See, sense, feel and know the subject tonight is Love

And for tomorrow night as well

As a matter of fact

There is no better topic

For us to discuss

Until we all die!

Breathe out open your eyes.

 

For Day 7 (December 31)

The Sun Is Love  (Rumi)

Close your eyes and Breathe out one time slowly

See, feel and know that the sun is love

The lover a speck circling the sun

Breathe out and imagine something opens our wings

Something makes boredom

And hurt disappear

Breathe out and see someone filling the cup in front of you

And taste only sacredness

Breathe out and open your eyes.

 

For Day 8 (January 1)

Gratuitous or True Love (Rumi)

Close your eyes and breathe out three times slowly

See and feel that there is no better Love than love with no object

No more satisfying work than work with

No purpose

Breathe out and Know that if you could give up tricks and cleverness

That would be the cleverest trick

Breathe out and open your eyes.