Stayed up very late last night reading. I reread The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran... he just has a way with words. So quotable and impacting.
Here's a couple quotes from the book:
this one reminds me of my gypsy spirit...the one my Dad always said drove him crazy. My Dad used to tell me that I got all of our gypsy blood:
We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.
and this one tells me exactly why i quit my job: (lol not that i'll take from those who do work. But until I can work with love, i won't.)
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
and one on friendship:
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of please is a need and an ecstasy.
and one on love:
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught From itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.
I also starting reading a book called "Soaring to the Only Beloved: A Short Treasise on the Presense of Heart in Prayer"' - a very good book explaining/teaching how to get the spiritual part of prayer rather than just reciting the prayers. When I first started praying I would often cry because the relationship between Allah and I was so pure. Lately, i often just pray. So I look forward to reading the rest of this book. Here's a quote from the book:
If a human being utilizes this opportunity that comes 5 times a day, his journey would undoubtedly commence. Why should he allow several opportunities during his life time to go to waste? Doesn't he yearn deep in his heart for the company of the Beloved? Doesn't he realize that it is high time he should go back home and enjoy the neighborhood of the only Beloved who intensely loves his company?
Nothing new in my world except reading and thinking...
One final quote ... from the Quran:
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (streches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. 3:103