4th Rumi Poetry Circle

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Rumi Forum held the fourth monthly Rumi Poetry Circle. Rumi’s messages speak to the hearts of everyone. It bears a vision of what our inner and also outer world could be with the articulation of the means which brings that vision into fullness. Participants had a memorable opportunity to explore ecstatic poems of the 13th c. scholar & mystic and exchanged latent qualities and wisdom within his poems.  

The general outline of the Circle included heart-focused breathing, call into love and acceptance with Rumi’s well-known declaration “Come, come, whoever you are”, the introduction and exploration of two poems by Rumi. Each poem was read or recited by two different members. The group paired off, each person in the pair/diad read the poem and explored what the poem brought forth in them spiritually, in a heartfelt sense. Questions were provided to help guide exploration. They are meant to help us explore Rumi’s poems from the “heart”, not the analytical head. Later on, each pair shared their discoveries with the group at large. 

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Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The Forum contributes to this ultimate aim by means of conferences, panel discussions, community engagement, luncheons, publications and other activities. In particular the forum has an interest in issues regarding pluralism, peace building and conflict resolution, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social harmony and justice, civil rights and community cohesion.