Mindful Monday – The Poetry of Depression

Happy Monday, readers. I am so grateful you’ve joined in reading my “Mindful Monday” posts.
This post will be short in content tonight. However, I wanted to introduce this weeks mindfulness topic. My posts for the remainder of the week will be focusing primarily on using mindfulness to cope with severe depression. 

I wanted to ease into this slowly and start with a beautiful poem that was given to me by a beautiful soul. Last year, I was in the train reading “The Gift – The Poetry of Hafiz.” I was completely lost and entranced by his beautiful words – definitely a single tasking moment!(If you’ve never read Sufi poetry, I highly recommend you do. It’s absolutely beautiful.) In my midst of concentration, I failed to notice the woman starring from across the aisle.

She came over and tapped me on the shoulder. “I love Hafiz! Isn’t he just wonderful?” I nodded my head, and she asked quickly if she could see my book. She flipped through the pages, carefully examining each one, and smiled at a page for a few moments. As the words traced her lips, the train announced her upcoming stop.

“Here,” she said, pointing to a page. “Remember this poem next time you go through hard times – it helped me get through my most difficult days. Meditate on it…”

Meditate on it.

Before I could thank her in my confusion, she had flown off the train. It’s been over a year and our paths have yet to cross again.

I wanted to share this lovely poem with you. Part of mindfulness is being aware of what makes us feel good and to delight in these moments of serenity. In our meditation, we are allowed to focus on all things good. Being mindful means doing good things for the mind. In my opinion, soothing poetry is a great mantra/subset to meditating.

The poem below is the poem by Hafiz shown to me on the train exactly a year ago. I hope you can meditate on this tonight and find meaning behind it.

What things make you feel mindfully blissful.

 

Onward, Always.

 

Marissa Ranahan – Owner of Karmic Flow

 

Cast Your Votes for Dancing – Hafiz

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom
And Love.

 

4 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – The Poetry of Depression

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post. Sometimes the less wordy ones can be the best. I suffer from severe depression and will definitely be adding this to my cubicle door 🙂 looking forward to more of your posts this week.

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