I’ve always loved Rumi’s poetry, but every time I hear this one, I nearly stop in my tracks.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.
I’ve been thinking about this “field” Rumi refers to as dreams — and daydreams, specifically. Daydreaming has a bad reputation as an unproductive activity.¬†But have you ever had a daydream about your own life so vivid that it gave you a sense of hope? Helped you see the solution to a difficult challenge? I find that my daydreams allow me to creatively resolve situations in my life that I couldn’t solve under the hard light of purely rational thought. Daydreams take us beyond an ordinary sense of right and wrong and encourage a far more open, heart-centered, and compassionate approach to life and the people we interact with. Once we snap out of it, though, our judgmental side kicks in and tells us what we “can” and “cannot” do, imagine, or accomplish.
Here is an article from WebMD that tells us something we already know, but can stand hearing again. “The beauty of daydreams is that nothing is impossible.” Daydreams are¬†just like that field Rumi is yearning for, where past mistakes are pardoned, time stands still, and you can do whatever makes sense to you at the most fundamental level.