Words of wisdom from Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic:

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.

Sit down in the circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd’s love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.

You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

From : https://www.poetseers.org/spiritual-and-devotional-poets/contemp/rumibarks/1-2-2/
by Barbara Taylor

Jeff Kouba