Not Here by Rumi: Reading and Meditation

May 17, 2020  • Executive Leadership Seminars Department

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Not Here, Rumi


Alchemy, the medieval science of turning metals into gold, is a practice dedicated towards the creation of the extraordinary out of the ordinary. Rumi charges us with the task of evaluating our talents and our gifts, which are inherently precious but most valuable when dedicated to a work that brings us heat and passion. “There’s courage involved if you want to become truth,” Rumi writes. What truths have you sought that require courage in their naming? What talents do you have that heat up and change you – becoming the elixir of purpose in your life? 

“Lukewarm won’t do/ Halfhearted holding back,/ well-enough getting by? Not here.” The time for turning the unremarkable into the remarkable is now. Turn away from that which feels lukewarm and halfhearted. What turns you into gold?

Brianna Curran, Washington, DC

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