With That Moon Language, by Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them,
“Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud;
otherwise, someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this,
this great pull in us
to connect.
Why not become the one
who lives with a full moon in each eye
that is always saying,
with that sweet moon language,
what every other eye in this world
is dying to hear?

This poem poses a powerful question, “Why not become the one…?” I think that this is the subtext of the life that is meant to live through us, as David Whyte asks, “What shape waits in the seed of you / to grow and spread its branches / against a future sky?​” I believe that the shape David Whyte speaks of is the same message that “this world is dying to hear” as Hafiz states. That shape and message is of love.

But, how do we become the one? 

If we have not transformed our anger, our pain, our sorrow, then we will only continue to transmit it, usually to those whom we love the most. It gets even worse, though. We often take up self-defeating habits, addictions, or other coping strategies to help us numb or avoid the festering pain, made worse by our ineffective coping strategies.

The transformation is called recovery. And recovery is simply a method or practice that allows us to reclaim and recover, meaning to get back, our sense of joy and connection. In other words, when we have recovered, we fall back in love with our lives. 

The Getting Centered in Central Oregon Retreat will help you fall back in love with your life.

Hey, I know how heartbreaking it feels when that still, quiet voice deep down is yearning to come out, but is silenced by all of life’s struggles, obligations, and worries. It’s silenced by addictive coping mechanisms. It’s silenced by our bosses, society and even our loved ones. 

Letting that voice speak clearly and proudly, I believe, is our SOUL’S PURPOSE.

We have to let that voice speak because keeping it silenced is more painful than not realizing our soul’s purpose. We must let that voice sing through the cracks of heartbreak for a wounded world. 

Imagine this scenario for a moment. You’re standing in line at the grocery store. You’ve been in this line for several minutes as this is the only check-out aisle open. You look down at your watch and then glance up at three people in front of you. You feel a rise in blood pressure as your anger and frustration go from level yellow to orange. Then, a person cuts in front of you, perhaps misinterpreting the fact that you were observing social distancing recommendations. Not only that, but they are wearing a t-shirt that supports a view you don’t agree with. Now you’ve moved from orange to red, or even off the chart.

Knowing how to handle our inner atmosphere even, and especially, during external chaos is recovery. Like I said before, recovery is a method or system that transforms our inner state from anger, pain, or sorrow into joy, connection and love. However, to be recovered does not mean that we won’t ever again feel. In fact, one of the side effects of recovery is that we begin to feel more fully.

You look in that person’s eyes. That person who offends almost every one of your sensibilities. You see them begging you to, “Love me.” You let the full moon rise in each one of your eyes, and you speak in the “sweet moon language”, maybe just a wink and a nod. 

After you get through the line, as you’re walking through the parking lot, you notice the smell of fresh coffee brewing, you hear the birds singing in the cool breeze, and there is a skip in your step and a song in your heart. You’re in love with your life!

Come fall back in love with your life! Come recover and reclaim your sense of joy and connection. Come to the Getting Centered in Central Oregon Retreat.