The following poem is dedicated to a wonderful teacher, Sufi Master,
Adnan Sarhan. I find his teachings regarding the breath, sound and
movement to be a gift for the personal growth of my soul. I AM
grateful that he found himself in Cleveland, Ohio these last two
weekends. I highly recommend experiencing his workshops
should you have the chance.
One of the most beautiful exercises I experienced during the
workshops was dancing with the veil. (Lots of symbology there)!
I'd like to say I danced my arse off, but most of it is still there. :-)
One of the best reminders was to reconnect with the importance
of Yoga in my life (which my daughter has been prompting me to
do for the last few weeks).
The following sites provide info on Adnan's calendar as well as the Sufi
way of BEING. While I'm at it, I must mention one of the most amazing
books I've ever read. It is a book of poems by the great sufi master Hafiz
entitled "The Gift", translations by Daniel Ladinsky (ISBN 0-14-019581-5).
I understand it is currently the best selling book of poetry in the world.
Hafiz lived about 100 years after Rumi. Two other favorite Hafiz books
are: "I Heard God Laughing" and "The Subject Tonight is Love".
http://www.sufifoundation.org/ (Adnan's Site)
http://www.naharisv.com/ (Additional Sufi Info & Silk Scarves)
Lastly, before sharing the poem, I'd like to say that since "Sufi" jumped
on my bones starting Feb. 23rd while on vacation in Florida, I have met
the most wonderful people and have had many synchronistic moments.
One of those people (Angel) opened a very well-received vegetarian
(vegan) restaurant in New York City several years ago. It is located
at 405 East 6th Street (between 1st and "A" avenues. It is called
"CARAVAN OF DREAMS". I plan to visit the next time I'm in NYC.
The website is:
Here's the short poem written in honor of Adnan Sarhan, vehicle for
God. He teaches all over the world and has a Sufi camp in New
Mexico where people come from all over the world during the summer
months (July 1 through September 15) for personal transformation.
LIFTING THE VEIL
vessel of holy breath
sing to me of the stars
and the sun and moon
that traverse the mind's eye
of my body and soul,
birthing the whirling universe within
muscles and organs and blood
crave ancient, timeless movements
while the mind invites atoms
to a feast of silence
dancing on the thread of eternity,
the veil of the spirit lifts
to soar unimaginable heights,
sailing the rainbow
on the breath of God
by Sharon Pacione
March 25, 2002
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