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“Whatever You Are Looking for Can Only Be Found Inside of You” (Rubais of Rumi)

Rumi Poetry Art Leaf Journaling

Well, this is what every book of mine looks like when you open it! Yes, you’ll find leaves pressed between every other page. Leaves from yesterday, from weeks back, from months and years back. And, every leaf has a story, a memory associated with it, which gets treasured along with the leaf itself.

So, no wonder, I had to capture a sight like this from one of the books. And, to compliment the art, Rumi’s poetry (from the Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love) fitted beautifully in this book-art.

So, read some more musings, view more pics and yes – check out some resources about the best way to press your leaves and petals between book pages….

Here’s a picture of one of my books. I admit that, to read this book, one has to do some hard work of taking the leaves out and placing them carefully somewhere else. This is with almost every book. Infact, I’ve now run out of books to press my leaves. So, hey, if you can lend me one – just for the leaves – not for reading – that would be of great help. :-)

how to press leaves between book pages

Today’s Art – I found the words of Rumi so relevant for the art today. He says:

“You are a volume in the divine book
A mirror to the power that created the universe
Whatever you want, ask it of yourself
Whatever you’re looking for can only be found
Inside of you” 

I’ve started to believe more and more that each one of us – the souls that we are – is a mirror of the divine power. I AM THAT I AM. Meaning- God is within me. These days, when I pray – for my baby’s soul, for myself, my family – I pray that the power/beauty/light/kindness of the divine – within me – will make it possible – whatever it is that I want right now.

And these lines (around the leaf):

“Hear this if you can:
If you want to reach him
You have to go beyond yourself
And when you finally arrive at the land of absence
Be silent
Don’t say a thing
Ecstasy, not words, is the language spoken there” 

Rumi Poetry Art Leaf Journaling

The leaf – isn’it so beautiful? But, I have some doubts about its identity. I think that it’s from the Elephant Apple Tree or the Chalta (in Hindi). It’s botanical name is – dillenia indica. But then, I’m not one hundred percent sure. So, if you have more idea, do let me know and I’ll update.

Rumi art leaves journaling nature

And, here are some fun and creative resources for how to press leaves and petals and what artful projects to do once you’ve pressed them.

And this Day 25 Leaf Art – Making it Was A Total Bliss: Sufi Whirling Dervish

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Leaf Art from Day 1 to Day 23:

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)

Day 22: Dance of the Soul – Inspired by Rumi’s Poetry (and the Pomegranate Tree) 

Day 23: The Deep Pull of What You Truly Love: Rumi Inspired Leaf Art (Frangipani) 

Day 24: Kundalini Awakening: Inspired by Rumi’s Poetry and ‘The Tree of Heaven’ (Ailanthus excelsa) 

Day 25: Sufi Whirling Dervish – The Beauty of Rumi’s Poetry and the ‘Buddha’s Coconut’ Leaves 

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  • Krupa September 2, 2013, 4:20 am

    Hi Rashmie,
    I came across your blog a month back and have been following it since then. Just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love your art style, your creativity and your homeschooling approach. Everything you do has such a deeper thought behind it..something purposeful, meaningful and much more than that. I feel really connected to all of your works. Just wanted to say congratulation for your upcoming bundle of joy and congratulations to the your efforts on raising Pari so beautifully. You are awesome.