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Dance of the Soul – Inspired by Rumi’s Poetry (and the Pomegranate Tree)

Poetry Art Journaling Rumi Sufi Soulful Leaf Pomegranate

I started the Day 22 leaf art pretty late in the day – around 10 PM, and thought I’d keep it really simple – just a leaf, may be. But, the scenario changed quickly. As I was reading Rumi’s poetry, those thought-provoking, powerful and soulful words of wisdom were creating a stir within me. So much so that I decided to translate one of the poetry (‘unfold your own myth‘) into the day’s leaf art. But, would you believe me – I’d decided on the Pomegranate even before I decided to connect my art with Rumi’s words, yet, the pomegranate tree fitted beautifully into the poetry and my vision of the self unfolding, the heart opening up and the dance of the soul (title of my art).

And, a revelation dawned on me (for the millionth time!) – that there are no coincidences in life. Life is a divine tale – every moment written down to the T. We just need to be present in every moment to see the divine intention. And, our own mission in it.

So, check out today’s art and some more related stories and links, including meaningful poetry links for kids.

Note: But, before you delve into the full post, I want to apologize for the incomplete post that went into your emails yesterday. The feed picked up my half-complete post. I’m sure you may have noticed the absurdity. Here’s the complete article (Colours of the Universe) with lots of pics, the meaning behind each element in the painting and fun links for kids to learn about astronomy.

Have you read Rumi? If yes, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that his words and thoughts are food for the soul. He’s one writer/poet that I can read again and again and yet feel that light shining within me each time. (Oh, and Kahlil Gibran, too!)

But, if you haven’t read him, I highly recommend that you start with a compiled translation of his poetry in this book – Essential Rumi.  Rumi – the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic – his spiritual legacy has transcended national and ethnic borders in the past 7 centuries.

Illustrated rumi Poetry Art Journaling

Dance of the Soul – Unfold Your Own Myth

So, this was the poetry that inspired me to make this art. The words are:

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 

My Vision: Meaning from the Art: 

The colourless, bare heart at the bottom of the painting portrays a heart that hasn’t recognized its own mission, it’s love and its true self. It’s only thriving on the stories of others. That heart, takes inspiration, grows into a tree and blooms to its full potential (the pomegranate on top – with red and juicy seeds). This renewed heart glows with happiness and bursts into a dance that brightens up the whole universe.

Leaf Art Journaling Pomegranate

I included the pomegranate fruit in today’s leaf art because in it, I saw the heart opening up in full glory and life. The red kernels of the fruit stood out as a symbol of life (blood, red blood cells), which again is so significant for me at this stage (pregnancy). I’ve been anemic since childhood and it’s very important for me to make sure my haemoglobin count doesn’t fall leading to less than sufficient oxygen for my baby. I’ve been eating Pomegranate every single day, so no wonder that this tree should find a spot in my 30-day leaf art challenge.

Art Rumi Poetry Soulful Unfold Your Own Myth

Art Poetry Rumi Inspiration Soulful

Useful links: Spirituality for Kids/Family

About the Anar/Pomegranate Tree (Punica granatum)
According to Trees of Delhi – it’s a shiny-leaved, bush or diminutive tree that produces one of the oldest cultivated flowers in thw world. The bright-scarlet flowers with bright yellow-capped stamens can be very beautiful. Wild at moderate altitudes in the North Western Himalaya, the anar is cultivated for ornament but is seldom allowed to grow tree-sized.


Leaf Art – Day 1 to Day 21:

Day 1: Inspired by Saptaparni Leaves

Day 2: Inspired by Gulmohar Leaves

Day 3: Inspired by Banyan Leaves

Day 4: Inspired by Peepal Leaves

Day 5: Inspired by Yellow Bells

Day 6: Inspired by Jadi Leaves – Ficus amplissima

Day 7: Inspired by Kassod Leaves – Senna Siamea

Day 8: Inspired by Kashmir’s Chinar Leaves

Day 9: Inspired by Frangipani Leaves

Day 10: Inspired by Kaniar (Bauhinia purpurea)

Day 11: Inspired by Ashok Leaves (Indian Fir)

Day 12: Self-portrait – Inspired by Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) Leaves

Day 13: The Story of Mulberry Leaves, Silkworm and the Indian Flag

Day 14: If Leaves Evolved Into Birds (Karanj or Indian Beech)

Day 15: Gaia – the Goddess Earth (Rai Jamun leaves)

Day 16: Positive Affirmations Leaf Art (‘Putranjiva’ or child-life tree)

Day 17: Elements of the Earth (Inspired by the Shaving Brush Tree)

Day 18: The Dreamcatcher – Inspired by Neem Leaves

Day 19: The Scent of Gratitude – Inspired by Maulsari (Indian Medlar)

Day 20: The Story of Shabari and Ram – Inspired by the Ber Tree (Indian Jujube/Cherry)

Day 21: An Eternal Journey – Colours of the Universe (Inspired by the Pilkhan/White Fig)

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  • Aditi September 6, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    I paint, I dance, I love sufi music, I love walks in nature……………..And I loved your creations. They are different and blissful. It brought a kind of peace in me. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.

  • chitra September 9, 2013, 7:17 pm

    yours’ all paintings are amazing & innovative

  • Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea May 26, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I love this and Rumi is one of my favorites!! This is SO lovely.