A Poetry Reading

I came across this poem I’d love to share. Especially if you’re one of so many people who isn’t always sure if your life path makes any sense. Perhaps at times you’re not sure if you took a wrong turn somewhere, aren’t really sure of the direction you want to take, or are desperately hoping the mist of your current path will clear. Whatever the case, read on.

The Place Where You Are Now

by Hafiz

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there –

Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.

I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,

But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,

Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,

The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.

Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,

For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.

But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses

As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.

This poem is beautiful to me. Particularly the first line. 

Where you are, whatever you’re going through right now on your life’s journey, you are on the right path.

I don’t mean that your life is predetermined. But rather, your journey is all unfolding beautifully. Every choice you have made up to now is the right path. It may feel far from it. You may have regrets and you may be crippled by decisions — or lack of clarity around any decisions. But ultimately, you are here to live. To follow your curiosity and to see where that leads. If you trust that the Universe is looking out for you. that you are supported even on your darkest days, then that is the compass that’ll help you keep your spirits up.

You don’t need to follow a set 20-year plan. You don’t need to feel restricted by your choices to avoid any misstep. Just take a step.

The best thing you can do is the live every day. To get up out of bed, but on some pants, and choose to live life the fullest you can.

That doesn’t mean you need to cram fifty things into one day, or to hop on a plane and travel, today. Perhaps you stay at home today, sipping tea and staring out the window as your daydream. Perhaps it means making that phone call haven’t acted on yet. Perhaps it means listening to yourself to hear that wisdom of your inner voice. Feeling into where you are, and if your current path is the one you want to stay on, or if you want to take a detour. Perhaps you want to change your mode of transportation.

It’s all up to you. No one else. But if you allow yourself time to reflect and observe your journey in life, consider this: something greater than yourself is looking out for you, and however random your journey may feel, the bigger picture will some day reveal that there’s more to this point in your life than you think.

Keep exploring, beautiful ones.


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