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Lesson Two from Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Letting Everything Become Your Teacher"

Cover-JKZ100Lessons-BetterListen Today we share with you Lesson 2 from


100 Lessons in Mindfulness, a new book by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

LESSON 2: Map Versus Journey  

This book is meant to serve as a map, a guide to you. As you know, a map is not the territory it portrays. In the same way you should not mistake reading this book for the actual journey. That journey you have to live yourself, by cultivating mindfulness in your own life. 

Reprinted from LETTING EVERYTHING BECOME YOUR TEACHER: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn © 2009 by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Reprinted by arrangement with the Random House Publishing Group.

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Excerpt from "Like This: More Poetry of Rumi". Translation by Coleman Barks

ColemanBarks-LikeThis Jalaluddin Rumi is recognized as one of the greatest poets of all time. Through his rendering of Rumi’s poems and stories, Coleman Barks has established himself as one of the leading voices for Rumi’s work today.  Enjoy this excerpt of beautiful Rumi poetry from "Like This: More Poetry of Rumi", translated and read by Coleman Barks.

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. 

Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell, and the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling. 

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. 

Breathe into me. 

Close the language door and open the love window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window. 

Watch the dust grains moving in the light near the window. Their dance is our dance. 

We rarely hear that inward music but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless. 

There is a passion in me that doesn’t long for anything from another human being. 

I was given something else, a cap to wear in both worlds. It fell off. 

No matter. 

One morning I went to a place beyond dawn, a source of sweetness that flows and is never less. 

I have been shown a beauty that would confuse both worlds, but I won’t cause that uproar. 

I am nothing but a head set on the ground as a gift for Shams.

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Pure Water - Poetry of Rumi wins Gold Nautilus Award for audio!

NAUTILUSGOLD This morning at Book Expo America in New York City it was officially announced that Pure Water-Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Grammy Award-Winning cellist  Eugene Friesen, won the Gold Award in the Audio Category of The Nautilus Book Awards.

Better Listen! is honored to be in the company of the other outstanding Silver and Gold winners in the competition. 

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Like This - More Poems of Rumi - Coleman Barks

Through his rendering of Rumi’s poems and stories, Coleman Barks has established himself as perhaps the leading voice for Rumi’s work today. His warm and sensitive reading combines with the world-renowned musicianship of Hamza El Din (oud and tar) and Steve Coughlin (ney an hansuri) to create an enthralling listening experience. 

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), is now recognized in the West as one of the greatest poets of all time . His works are charged with an unequalled blend of literary genius and spiritual wisdom 

No matter how often we listed to Rumi, each time is always the first time.

This program includes twenty two of Rumi’s most beautiful poems. Coleman Barks bio and links

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