Don’t forget to Breathe

The Prophet said, “In these days
the breathings of God prevail:
Keep your ear and mind attentive
to these spiritual influences;
catch these breaths.”
The Divine breathing came,
beheld you, and departed:
it gave life to whom it would, and left.
Another breathing has arrived.
Pay attention, friend,
don’t miss this one, too.

[Mathnawi I: 1951–53, The Rumi Daybook]

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