I See You, Magnificent

I would tell you over and again

What I love about you

How the sparkle in your eyes lights up the world

How your big huge heart inspires me

How your dedication to the ones you love earns my respect

I would tell you once again

How your love for nature resonates through the wild woods

How your ability to overcome adversity with patience and hope brightens dark corners

How your insights and devotion to growth blaze trails in the minds around you

I would tell you once more

How your presence in this world is needed

How without you the world would be smaller, darker, colder

How without you the music would never play

The sun itself would dull

The clouds would never lift

And song itself would end

These are some of the ways I love you

How can I thank you for the joy you bring

For the light that shines through you

For the notes that become the melody

The harmony of this dissonant world

How can I thank you for staying

Who will tell you these things when I am gone

Listen to the whisper of the wind at dawn

To the ocean coming to shore

To the birds singing in the trees

Saying, “Thank you. I love you. I see you, magnificent.”

Spinning

Dervishes understand

The power of motion in the round

Twirling and whirling

Becoming a vortex

Body moving in prayer

Arms wide

To hold the hope of all the world

While we dance through life

Unknowing

Unaware

That our every breath

Our every thought

Every movement is a prayer

This intention even unintended

Our state of mind

Our state of spirits

Spins outward

You can feel it when you pass by

Those golden souls who shimmer

Casting light in the dark

You can feel it when you pass by

Those enshrouded by sorrow and clouds

Each morning in the light of dawn

We begin

Our intention

Our invention

Our devotion

Our spirit in its motion

We are spinning and casting

Reacting or reflecting

From the center of our being

Our meditation draws us inward

To touch the brightest part

A mantra to give some structure

May we be healthy and happy

May we be at peace and at ease

May our movement cast light

As we pass by

woman in white dress standing
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Whirling Dervishes are Islamic, and the mantra I refer to is a Buddhist mantra. I am always more interested in the advancement of the spirit than adhering to a specific religious tradition, and have spent much of my life studying various religions and philosophies. What can I use and apply in my own life to deepen and broaden my connection to the all-that-is drives my curiosity. Will I play music and dance with joy? Yes. Am I a Whirling Dervish? No. Will I sit in meditation and chant mantras for personal growth? Yes. Am I Buddhist? No.

Where do you get the inspiration for personal development? How do you apply it to your life?