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Why would you refuse to dance with grace?

Okay, I’ll admit that when I first saw this clip, I was drawn in by the Hafiz poem, one of my favorites. Because when I grow up, I want to be the sage who has to duck her head when the moon is low. But then I kept watching, and I have to tell you that this video is so good from top to bottom it gives me goosebumps.

“I feel so badly for those people who would come to this party that is Christianity and refuse to dance with grace,” says Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry On Warrior (a great book, by the way).

Five minutes is all it takes. Watch it, and then decide to dance. (And you can read the full Hafiz poem under the YouTube link below.)

The small man
Builds cages for everyone
He knows.
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.
~hafiz

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  1. Caroline #

    Mary,
    I love the video clip of Glennon Doyle Melton She is an inspirational speaker. Complete forgiveness,… I still struggle with mainly giving , but also receiving.

    August 15, 2014
  2. Looks like i am a little over six years slow on the draw here.
    BUT THANKS for sharing my work with Hafiz.

    Daniel Ladinsky

    August 24, 2020
  3. Mary DeTurris Poust #

    Oh, my goodness. Thank YOU for finding this post all these years later, reminding me of it, and taking the time to comment. This poem by Hafiz (translated by you) is one of my all-time favorites. I have it printed out and hanging above my desk at my office-office, and I have a copy of your book — with that page bookmarked, of course — siting on the shelf in my home office. It is beautiful. I am getting ready to graduate from a yoga teaching training program, and I had to put together a class that begins with a dharma talk. I chose to recite this poem as the opening of the class and then go from there. Thank you for the gift of your book The Gift, and for all your work in this field!

    August 24, 2020

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