Category Books, Inspiration, Love, Mind, Body & Spirit, Poetry, Psychology, Self Help & Personal Development, Spirituality & Religion, Sufism
Rumi’s Four Essential Practices
Author: Will Johnson
Poems and commentary that open the door for a new generation to experience the ecstatic and embodied spiritual truths contained in Rumi’s poetry – Reveals how the four practices of eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing intently can invoke the divinity within us all.
This book explains how these practices dissolve the self’s need for identity so that we may experience a state of transcendent ecstasy and union with the divine
The great thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi began his life as an orthodox Islamic believer but felt that to fully experience complete union with the divine he must abandon institutionalized religion and its prescribed forms of worship. Surrendering his will to his overriding urge for a much more immediate, intuitive, and compelling union with the divine, he found that by manipulating certain behavioral aspects of his physiology – eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly – he was capable of loosening the rigid confines of the self, thereby overriding its limitations and achieving a transcendent merging with his own divinity.
Rumi’s message is simple: if you wish to affect the spirit, you must first make changes in the way your body responds to the world.