The Sufi Quote

Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Eat Pray Love, recalls a Sufi poem that, as she writes, says “God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now.”

The poem she is quoting is by the poet Hafiz, and goes something like this:

The 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 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!

My challenge is to stand in the circle at every minute of the day: never fighting the present moment, honouring the beauty of where I am standing, and praising the miracles that brought me to this place, regardless of whether I have judged this place “good” or “bad.”


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