Not Content with Longing (by Lisa Levine-Bernstein)

Not Content with Longing (by Lisa Levine-Bernstein)

Not Content with Longing (February 25, 2007)
Seven years ago I attended a weekend conference in NYC. The final speaker on Sunday afternoon, while telling a story about her divorce, quoted Rumi: "There are those who are content with longing; I am not one of them. I grabbed my book and my pen and wrote this down feeling that it was somehow important for me."

"There are those who are content with longing; I am not one of them" became a mantra that I repeated several times a day that next week. The next Saturday night, less than a week later, I made a party. My house was filled with friends, music, drumming and dancing. A man that I knew but hadn't invited, showed up. When everyone else left, Ed was still sitting in my den. Different than the emotionally distant men I dated before, he was present and available. I felt drawn to him which confused me because I was not used to feeling attracted to the kind of man that I did not need to long for. Ed and I have been married for six years now thanks, in part, to Rumi.

Lisa Levine-Bernstein
Great Neck, NY (Listens to On Being Podcast)

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Keshavarz is professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of several books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.