Sacred Comfort

Care for the Soul

Leave the familiar for a while

The theme of the moment for me is Beginner’s Mind.  I’ve moved so far outside of my comfort zone lately that almost nothing is familiar anymore. But I’m not afraid; rather, I’m looking upon it all with new eyes and listening with new ears.  And taking it all in with great curiosity, compassion, and acceptance.  (For now, that is. ) It’s kind of like an out of body experience, but in a good way. My cup empty, I arrive available to receive.

So here’s a little something from Hafiz (aka Hafez), “Leave the Familiar for a While.”  I love Hafiz, his skill in painting portraits for emotions and naming desires and mental states with words that  spiral and spin the like a whirling dervish, spinning, trancelike, home to God.  

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.


Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

Hāfez (1325/26–1389/90) was a Persian poet.
From: ‘The Subject Tonight is Love’


One comment on “Leave the familiar for a while

  1. Angela K
    February 8, 2013

    Thank you Sarah….I never heard of that poet and so enjoyed it….

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