Wednesday, March 17, 2010
the magic of khalil
A very groovy friend of mine, who happens to be a poet and an extraordinary chef and an all around wonderful person, gave me a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. I would have opened it up earlier had I known the absolute magic that was inside. If ever you are having a day that isn’t quite your sip of tea…I suggest writing down some of these quotes in a book, on your hand, on your kids etc.( I realize they are a little longish..but it’s just to get the idea across) They help you reflect properly.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief. Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity..”
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
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