13 Rumi Poems to Awaken the Love Within Us

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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

When anxiety fills me and I feel disconnected from my essence, or when I’m simply out of love, I turn to Rumi.

Rumi didn’t start out as the 13th-century Persian poet we all cherish today. He was a wealthy nobleman, theologian, and sober Islamic scholar…until he met the wandering dervish monk known as Shams Al Tabriz.

As soon as Shams spoke, Rumi knew that he had met his soul mate. And Shams knew he had found the star pupil he’d been seeking for 17 years. They retreated to Rumi’s house for almost three months. There, they both touched a source of light that was godly and inexplicable. Each man, with the help of the other, discovered the grace and truth he sought.

After his introduction to the world of mysticism, Rumi learned everything he could about love — unbounded and compassionate and universal. He would go on to become the most famous son of Sufism, and the most-read poet of all time.

Rumi’s words speak not to our minds, but to our hearts. We learn more about love from his poems and stories than from any other book.

We don’t just read his words. We experience them. We enter and inhabit his verses, and they take us to another realm that nourishes our longing for spiritual connection and universal belonging.

With Rumi’s poems, we transcend our material existence and move toward joy, inner peace, and our core desire — love.

As humans, we often tap into a certain feeling that makes us come alive. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “We feel a buoyancy, an alchemical quintessence, a shimmering aliveness that is both still and in motion.”

It’s not the same as just having fun or feeling fleetingly happy; it’s something bigger. For those few minutes, time and space collapse into one, and we feel ecstatic. This particular joy can last for minutes, hours, or a lifetime.

Poets describe this as the time when we are in touch with our souls — when we build a bridge between the human self and the higher self, passable in both directions.

Every time I read Rumi, I know that I’m talking not only with my consciousness, but with the collective one as well. I especially enjoy Coleman Barks’ translations, The Essential Rumi, The Book of Love, and The Big Red Book.

I find these 13 poems to be some of his most soul-gushing. I hope they may open your heart as they have opened mine.

  1. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

I rise daily at 5 am, meditate, read and journal on my Self-awareness journey. Some of my reflections make it to my blog; others don’t. (http://mo-issa.com)