Out Beyond

ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field.  I'll meet you there.



As division, anger and fear continue to dominate our daily lives and conversations in the U.S., I find myself drawn to explore our common experiences and shared humanity. Rumi's work has always inspired me, but I find myself returning to this section of  "A Great Wagon" for the way he calls us outside ourselves. I hope to explore concerns that are personal and political, natural and manufactured, humanistic, local and beyond. I hope you will join the conversation. 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, 

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

-Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th Century