My work with Jamie Smart has been life-changing both in the way I see my own world but also in the work I do with my clients and partners.

One of the things that made a lasting impact on me is that he showed its OK to bring spiritual and enlightened ideas into a modern, business and results-orientated setting.

To this end Jamie often recalled Sufi stories and poetry to best illustrate important points. As human’s we respond remarkably well to metaphor and story-telling for bringing about change, much more than we might realise.

And alongside this most of these works are just beautiful. Simple, elegant, profound and touching.

Below are two of what I consider to be the best Sufi poems that I’ve read.

I hope you enjoy.


Don’t go back to sleep by Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.

Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.

Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.


A Cushion For Your Head by Hafiz

Just sit there right now

Don’t do a thing

Just rest.

For your separation from God,

From love,

Is the hardest work

In this


Let me bring you trays of food

And something

That you like to


You can use my soft words

As a cushion

For your



Do you have a favourite? Let me know by posting in the comments. I’d love to read them…




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