A new month and a new calendar page by Matt Manley...the quote for September is...
'There is a voice that doesn't use words.' Rumi.
(The calendar is from Brush Dance.)
I wanted to find more quotes from Rumi, and ended up on Amazon.com at the Look Inside feature for some Rumi books. This is from a beautiful book The Illuminated Rumi by Coleman Barks, illustrated by Michael Green. Any typos are mine...
First...a print from Michael Green...
This being human is a guest
house. Every morning
a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and attend them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrow,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still,
treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Learn the alchemy True Human Beings know:
the moment you accept what troubles
you've been given, the door opens.
Welcome difficulty as a familiar
comrade. Joke with torment
brought by the Friend.
Sorrows are the rags of old clothes
and jackets that serve to cover
and then are taken off.
and the beautiful
is the sweetness