Are You a Love-Dog?

The 13th century Sufi poet, Rumi, wrote the following in his great wisdom: Love Dogs

One night a man was crying, Allah! Allah! until a cynic said,

"So! I have heard you calling out, but have you ever gotten any response?"

The man had no answer to that.

He quiet praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guid of souls, in a thick green foliage.

"Why idd you stop praising?"

"Because I've never heard anything back."

"This longing you epress is the return message."

The grief you cry out from draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness that wants help is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master, that whining is the connection.

There are love-dogs no one knows the names of.

Give your life to be one of them.

Being a love-dog to me means that I, too, have a yearning to deeply connect with my spirit/my core/my Divine self. In the yearning, I am there. What I know is that this is a wonderful place to hang out because of its poignancy and stillness and vastness.


I listen to my heart. I become fully in my body. I embrace the love-dog in me and come home to my deepest self.


© 2009 Jeannie Campanelli, Inner Confidence Coaching. All Rights Reserved.

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