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Shams of Tabriz about grief and loss

"You think you cannot live anymore. You think that the light of your soul has been put out and that you will stay in the dark forever.

But when you are engulfed by such solid darkness, when you have both eyes closed to the world, a third eye opens in your heart. And only then do you come to realize that eyesight conflicts with inner knowledge. No eye sees so clear and sharp as the eye of love.

After grief comes another season, another valley, another you. And the lover who is nowhere to be found, you start to see everywhere."

Shams of Tabriz, in the book The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Image via @sethnocentric


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