Guardians of Beauty

We are the guardians of His Beauty.

We are the protectors
Of the Sun.

There is only one reason
We have followed God into this world:

To encourage laughter, freedom, dance
And love.

Let a noble cry inside of you speak to me
Saying,

“Hafiz,
Don’t just sit there on the moon tonight
Doing nothing  –

Help unfurl my heart into the Friend’s Mind,
Help, Old Man, to heal my wounded wings!”

We are the companions of His Beauty
We are the guardians
Of Truth.

Every man, plant and creature in Existence,
Every woman, child, vein and note
Is a servant of our Beloved –

A harbinger of joy,
The harbinger of
Light.

-Hafiz

 

It’s been one of those weeks — I am overtired from traveling last weekend, our main computer died from a virus and we had to buy a new one but the week is so busy I haven’t had time to set it up, so I have to do my online work on a very slow laptop, plus too many meetings and things to do. Thankfully on Monday begins a slower pace again and I will truly be able to breathe deeply.

Last Tuesday was a glorious day here in Seattle, a true moment of spring, and in between all of my errands I kept stopping to take photos of cherry trees in bloom and other wonders. I am not able to download those photos and share them here yet, but above are some from last week that helped to remind me, in the midst of everything else, of Hafiz’s call to be a guardian of beauty. Everything in life is temporary, even the hard weeks. We are called to witness to the beauty that is so present at every turn. This is the line that spoke to me: “There is only one reason / We have followed God into this world: / To encourage laughter, freedom, dance / And love.” May your days ahead be overflowing with laughter, freedom, dance, love and signs of spring.

-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts

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