“Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” – Rumi

In Rumi’s words “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment,” we are invited to transcend the boundaries of the mind and embrace the holistic essence of our being. The mind, the one we use to practice mindfulness, may extend beyond its cerebral confines, to encompass the intricate interplay of neurons, senses, and emotions that harmonize within the body.

To “drink the pure nectar of this moment” is to immerse oneself in the present, unburdened by the ceaseless churning of thoughts. As we look past the mind, we may see our thoughts as intertwined with our physical form. Thoughts communicate with our heartbeat, move through our muscles, and resonate within our cells.

Acknowledging the mind as an integral part of the whole human body may connect us to the world around. Unifying mind and body, we can cultivate mindfulness that transcends intellectual contemplation and delves into lived experience.

Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی), or simply Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar, Maturidi theologian and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran.

Gratitude guided mindfulness.