Come Again

by Asatar Bair on June 8, 2012

Have you ever broken your vow? Maybe it was one you made to another person, or a promise to a company or institution; maybe it was a promise you made to yourself.

I don’t need to tell you that you should be careful with the vows that you make; intending to keep them makes your word strong, giving you a sense of integrity.

What I want to stress today is that if you do break your vow, you can come to your heart again. You can be forgiven. You can have a chance to begin anew, right now. Even if you have broken your vows 10,000 times — and my mathematical mind reminds me that would require breaking one vow a day for over 27 years.

Even if that’s been your life, you can start anew. Your heart holds the key. Energize your heart with your breath and attention, and you will experience renewal of body, mind, heart, and soul.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.¬†Please share a comment¬†here.

Yours in the One Heart,


P.S. I recommend¬†The Essential Rumi for all those who’d like to explore the wonderful poetry of Jelalludin Rumi.

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Mary Duggan June 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Dear Asatair,

This poem by Rumi is one of my favorite Dances of Universal Peace! Thank you especially for the observation of your mathematical mind that breaking a vow 10,000 times would require 27 years…I was single for 27 years, then married for 27 years before rupturing a very unhealthy marriage–a cycle of 27 years that reproduced the length of my parents’ marriage. Did you know that in astrological terms 27 years is the time it takes for the moon to reappear in the same place that it stands at the time of one’s birth? In the One, Mary

Asatar Bair June 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hi Mary,
How interesting! Thank you for sharing these astrological insights… I was thinking that 10,000 might have simply meant “a really big number” to Rumi, but maybe he had something deeper in mind.

Richard Hillix-Di Santo June 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Thank you, Asatar. Your remarks, along with the poem you quoted by Rumi, could not have come on a better day. My thinking or behavior has been ‘off’ today. Your words and heart-based reference point helps me be self-compassionate and tender with myself when I need it most. Thank you for helping me to re-connect with my heart, myself and my Higher Spirit.

With gratitude,


Asatar Bair June 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

Thank you, Richard! We all need reminders. I appreciate your self-insight.

Latifa June 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

To me, the poem speaks deeply of the ways in which the mind tries to pin down Love’s impulse into structures, patterns and allegiances, but that same (seemingly lawless) Heart constantly pulls us away from that structure into a deeper reality.
So, along the way, vows are broken. For a dark middle-time, souls may feel they are tainted, losing, inconstant and the world becomes a treacherous place. But, the poem tells us, this is not a caravan of despair! That Love that breaks our hearts and our neat little plans, does have a way of turning all of us into slobs and savages. But it was still Love, all along.
Anyway, that’s my Wild Journeying Woman’s way of looking at it.

Asatar Bair June 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

Wow, great interpretation, Latifa! You have a gift.

Latifa June 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

Lol, no, I just love a lot! And sometimes it hurts.

Asatar Bair June 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Yes. If you haven’t felt the pain of love, you haven’t really loved.
love to you

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