These Spiritual Window-Shoppers by Rumi

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? “Nowhere.”
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much.”

Even if you don’t know what you want,
buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.

It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

Rumi, ‘We Are Three’, Mathnawi VI, 831-845

2 thoughts on “These Spiritual Window-Shoppers by Rumi

  1. Mae, your blog is so refreshingly beautiful and gentle and so regenerating and revitalizing! Exactly what I need!

    I just love all of it! Your delicate feelings and dreams and romantic and positive outlook on life!

    And I am going to share them all! I will be one of your keen followers!

    Very good good luck with your project!

    Love and big hugs,



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