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The Zeroing of the Heart

25 Feb

Visiting the Middle East (or parts of Luton) you are sure to hear the five-times-daily call to prayer. When you first hear it, it is striking, even startling and it is always different as each muezzin who leads the call is specific to that particular area. When I landed in Lebanon recently, it caught me by surprise when travelling through downtown Beirut traffic. Immediately I rolled down my window from the backseat in the dusk of the day to listen in. In all my travels to Jordan and Lebanon I have learned something about the appreciation of the call.

The Zeroing of the Heart

I was sitting in the backseat when I heard it:
that melancholy sound, being led through the night.

No – I was riding through the streets in the blackness of the unknown city
when I lent my ear to name that haunting tune and as it came to me,
it kissed my ears.

No – I was journeying in the wide world when it came (as things do)
and I opened my ears/eyes/mind/heart to the angelic tune – the call.
And realising what it was, dancing through the air
like a heavenly lullaby, it began teaching me:
I am not alone but I am responsible;
I am human and I am not;
I am here.

It reminds me to look within and with
outward focus,
to quiet my heart
and simply listen,
to free myself
with unashamed permission,
to reduce the fighting thoughts,
to bring myself back to that beautiful zero.

Then, I will be filled.