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“It is Love that brings happiness to people. It is Love that gives joy to happiness.” Rumi

Reflections: A Moment Of Happiness… Whirling dervishes.

A Moment Of Happiness by Rumi
A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land. via

We think and talk about happiness a lot and yet complain that much of it is fleeting or that the moments are like dusk and dawn; night and day, up and down… very much like life. The great mystic and Sufi poet, Rumi, calls our hearts at this hour and reminds us of the power of love and its link to happiness. All of life is about moments and we, each of us, express it in our unique way.

“Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real Sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.” Rumi

Reflections: A Moment Of Happiness… Happy women.

The Awakening by Rumi
In the early dawn of happiness
you gave me three kisses
so that I would wake up
to this moment of love

I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life

I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song Cont’d Below

We are all vessels of pulsating love waiting to be tapped and turned. It is there inside and we carry it even when we remain unaware. When we awaken to that wondrous place inside, we hold on for dear life, afraid it would die, but happiness cannot be held in a vessel or contained by our desires… it must be enjoyed at that moment. More below

The soul at dawn is like darkened water that slowly begins to say, “Thank you, Thank you.” Rumi

Reflections: A Moment Of Happiness… Boy with dog.

The Awakening by Rumi (contd from above)
Between my love and my heart
things were happening which
slowly slowly
made me recall everything

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.

But it is you who keeps me alive

Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
The Love Poems of Rumi by
Deepak Chopra (Editor) via

Our moment of happiness exists in every breath we take, every step, every word, every look, touch and taste… and then it flows out beyond the tangible to the intangible; the unknown. May your moments of happiness enrich your life and imprint its memory in your heart…

What Does Happiness mean to you? What are your thoughts? Do you experience snatches or longer periods of happiness? What would your happy world look like? Do share! Thank you. 😉

Positive Motivation Tip: A moment of Happiness is to be enjoyed spontaneously and without expectation. Be in the moment; all joy begins there. Choose happiness!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Whirling dervishes, Happy  boy and dog, Words, Happy Women, Happiness Map, via Wikipedia And Happiness Poster by Baejaar, via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

62 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/10/2012 5:35 am

    I think I experience happiness as a series of short moments … every hour of every day 🙂 Maybe it’s because I love my job and my passions!

    • 11/10/2012 7:24 pm

      Good for you… Loving what you do is a great starting point. TY for checking in! 😉

  2. 11/10/2012 5:45 am

    Love the quote by Rumi. Describes dawn perfectly. This post is full of warm happy adoration. Wonderful. 🙂

    • 11/10/2012 7:46 pm

      TY Angelia! I love Rumi too and every time I come across a blog post or poem on Rumi, it brings up ideas and adoration. 😉

  3. 11/10/2012 5:48 am

    Really enjoyed reading this post… 🙂

    Happiness don’t come uncalled,
    we have to believe in it and work for it… 🙂

    • 11/10/2012 7:50 pm

      Yes, that is right… We believe and we work… I find the topic fascinating and that is why I visit it again and again. TY! 🙂

  4. 11/10/2012 6:05 am

    This is so beautiful. I am rediscovering happiness in the tiny, tiny moments and situations – oh and laughing.

    • 11/10/2012 7:54 pm

      Excellent and keep going Julie! You are a courageous woman… and deserving of a belly full of laughter. 😉

  5. 11/10/2012 6:12 am

    All lovely moments of happiness! 🙂

    • 11/10/2012 7:56 pm

      TY dear ioanna… It does offer many upbeat moments… 🙂

  6. 11/10/2012 6:32 am

    Beautiful! I love those quotes.

    • 11/10/2012 7:58 pm

      I love them too, and every time I see a new Rumi, my heart sings. TY! 🙂

  7. 11/10/2012 8:23 am

    What a lovely, lovely post.

  8. 11/10/2012 11:24 am

    I recently read something that resonated and I know I won’t get the quote exactly right and I can’t remember who said it but… it juxtaposed happiness and joy, saying we can feel joy even through tears and sadness. Everyone searches for happiness and miss the bigger point, that you must first feel joy in your heart to realize happiness.

    I probably screwed that up, but what do you think? I thought it had a lot of merit. Primarily because most of us are always searching for happiness like it’s tangible and might jump up in front of us, when joy comes from within and that’s where it all starts.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • 11/10/2012 8:35 pm

      Yes, we can experience happiness in the midst of pain and suffering. I like the way the idea was presented in what you wrote… 🙂 TY!

  9. 11/10/2012 12:08 pm

    Contentment, as if it only happens in a split-second. Everything is like a for-the-moment pleasure. One second you’re happy, the next minute you’re looking for something else. Human desire creates that vicious cycle, if you will…. but yeah, it’s human nature that we constantly looking for happiness.

    • 11/10/2012 8:44 pm

      True Rommel! I read somewhere that the pursuit of happiness makes us determined to grow closer to God… 😉

  10. Bree permalink
    11/10/2012 2:03 pm

    I love your Rumi posts as you have a keen way of expressing him and sharing his poems and quotes. I enjoyed this and the photos. That first photo speaks to the post very well.

    • 11/10/2012 8:46 pm

      I love the first shot too. TY for your comment and I do love his writings and refer to them again and again… Such a gifted poet. 😉

  11. 11/10/2012 3:31 pm

    Excellent choice!
    There is a huge amount of wisdom in Rumi’s words and much to learn about how to approach life.
    Many thanks to write this post and remind us.

    And many thanks for your attention and kindness!

    • 11/10/2012 8:47 pm

      TY Guita for your feedback and blog love. I adore Rumi and I’m always happy to meet other Rumi admirers. 🙂

  12. 11/10/2012 4:37 pm

    Wonderful poems. I think that sometimes I don’t realize how happy I am until it goes away.

    • 11/10/2012 8:48 pm

      Great point! I sometimes feel it surfacing and bubbling over into feelings of gratitude. TY! 🙂

  13. aljaja permalink
    11/10/2012 5:03 pm

    I sometimes watched dancing dervishes in Egypt. Everytime it was a great impression of joy. Thank you for this wonderful post.

    • 11/10/2012 8:57 pm

      TY and lucky you to have been close enough to enjoy the touch…. We all need it. 🙂

  14. 11/10/2012 8:28 pm

    I like the short phrase, “Choose happiness.” I really believe that is possible. I spent the day with my favorite 4 and 3 year old, and there is only “in the moment” with them! 🙂 I just love that photo of the dervishes! It’s an amazing picture of being in the moment and joy! So nice, Elizabeth. Debra

    • 11/10/2012 8:59 pm

      TY Debra and I agree with you as I make a daily commitment to find things to enjoy!

  15. 11/10/2012 11:21 pm

    I think happiness is a choice, Elizabeth. And I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Realistically speaking, there is so much negativity in the world right now, it seems happiness has gone elusive. But if we change our focus and choose to see the beauty, then happiness comes right in front of our doorstep. It is also about learning to appreciate the small blessings that we have. The more we appreciate, the more we realize that we have a lot, and that adds to more happiness.

    This was a lovely, thought-provoking post, Elizabeth. Take care always and God bless ❤ 🙂

    • 22/10/2012 10:11 pm

      Well said Irene, we need to learn to adopt a spirit of gratitude at all times; starting with the small things. I agree. TY! 😉

  16. 12/10/2012 2:28 am

    Happiness = my family safe; a roof over our heads; food in the house. Anything else is a bonus.

    • 12/10/2012 9:08 am

      Well said Tilly! And sadly, these staples are becoming harder for some to have… so we enjoy those moments as we make our lives work. TY! 🙂

  17. 12/10/2012 3:51 am

    Someone introduced me to Rumi recently, and I’m really glad they did. He just strikes a cord doesn’t he.

    • 12/10/2012 9:14 am

      He is brilliant and inspirational. I discovered him years ago in college and I keep coming back to his teaching… same with the other mystic poets. I have a couple of posts on same. Check above. TY! 🙂

  18. 12/10/2012 5:04 am

    I feel happy with little things that I least expect to. With so much unfairness around me, I create my won joy. 🙂

    • 12/10/2012 9:17 am

      I hear you Cee and I get what you are saying… To cut down on being frustrated, your approach is very helpful. Start with the small things and go from there. I do it too. TY! 😉

  19. kansamuse permalink
    12/10/2012 5:58 am

    I discovered Rumi years ago.and wonder why it too so long to. ” A Moment Of Happiness by Rumi” is wonderful.

    • 12/10/2012 9:19 am

      I enjoyed the poem too and marvel at how he wrote such beautiful poetry in uncomplicated, clear language… Inspiring. TY for stopping by. 😉

  20. 12/10/2012 8:41 am

    I read Rumi. He is inspiring. I believe happiness is in us all we just have to focus on it. Being happy with ourselves and not trying to find it in someone else is important. That someone else will disappoint us because you wiil be looking for them to be what you perceive them to be not who they are.
    I used to love that song – Don’t Worry – Be Happy . That may be the thinking that can keep you happy.

    • 12/10/2012 9:24 am

      Yes indeed! We get to choose our happy spots and how we respond to others is a fair gauge of our meter. I still love that song! TY! 😉

  21. 12/10/2012 8:55 am

    Hey..sorry to bother you..But I am testing whether I am able to comment!!!!!!!
    I can’t comment in the Daily post photo challenge, nor can I post a issue in the forum! When I do so, it says Topic closed and the topic was created 42 years ago by admin!!!!!! I am just checking whether I can comment on others blogs!

    • 12/10/2012 9:04 am

      Yes you are here Shibin! I’m not sure why you are being blocked.. It does happen sometimes. Send an email to WP support: help@wordpress dot com
      Also, refresh your browser. Keep us posted! 🙁

      • Shibin Dinesh permalink
        12/10/2012 9:09 am

        Thanks for the Email!!! I was looking for that.. I will let you know! I feel so sad.. 🙁 🙁

      • 12/10/2012 9:11 am

        Don’t despair, it has happened to most of us at least once. The WP staff are good at responding too. They are called the Happiness Engineers! 🙂

      • Shibin Dinesh permalink
        12/10/2012 10:25 am

        Okie!!! I have mailed them ( I can’t even post in the forum 😛 ). BTW, did u get a email notification when I posted by Photo challenge:Big. Or have they even blocked that! Anyways, thanks for the help! 😀 😀

      • eof737 permalink*
        12/10/2012 10:32 am

        Posts show up in my reader now as I had to stop email notifications. I was getting several hundreds of posts a day! I get email notifications on Likes and comments. You are fine on my end… WP Happiness Engineers will fix the problem for you. It happens from time to time. Cheers! 🙂

  22. 12/10/2012 9:24 am

    Happiness is something we can choose to have even during moments of hardships & sadness…
    Sharing our thoughts and creativity allows for a deeper hapinness…I think.

    • 12/10/2012 9:31 am

      I agree and yes, it is harder to reach for that bit of sunshine when things are tough but we can find it and reach it… eventually. TY Sunshine and perfect name too! 🙂

  23. 12/10/2012 10:42 am

    Don’t worry , be happy…it’s so simple!!! 😉

    • eof737 permalink*
      12/10/2012 11:47 am

      So true and yet some prefer to be unhappy and spread it around… Have a great day! 🙂

  24. 12/10/2012 8:11 pm

    Beautiful! Such a warm and happy posting.

    • 12/10/2012 11:37 pm

      TY Fergie! I love this subject and Rumi is one of my favorites. 😉

  25. 12/10/2012 10:07 pm

    Why I let weeks go by without reading your posts, I will never know, Eliz. They bring such peace and happiness…inspire all good feelings. 🙂 Although I do beiieve that we cannot look to others to provide our happiness…it certainly helps to surround oneself with positive people…and posts. 🙂 🙂 Like yours! Thank you for always providing beauty for the heart and soul.

    • 12/10/2012 11:39 pm

      TY Vivian! I know how busy your are and I am always playing catchup with my blog buddies too. Rumi is a favorite and I’m glad to write and share more of his writings. Thanks for checking in and I’ll be by again. 😉

  26. 14/10/2012 10:23 am

    I think we can’ t learn to appreciate and admire big things before we have learned to see the beauty in the small ones. Since those are creating happiness afterall and are more…precious.

    • 14/10/2012 10:25 am

      Yes.. so true. We start small and the rest helps us grow in appreciation. I agree. 🙂

  27. 14/10/2012 7:39 pm

    The great thing about happiness is we create it … thanks for sharing ♥♥♥

    • 14/10/2012 7:43 pm

      That is so true… and thanks for the feedback! 😉

  28. 14/10/2012 8:53 pm

    Rumi’s poen is so true, passionate, pure. Love between two people in love and sharing one hope and dream is one amazing example of happiness. Wonderful post!

    • 22/10/2012 10:09 pm

      TY IT! I do love Rumi and the way he weaves words into beautiful jewelry! So true and pure… 😉


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