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'What You Seek Is Seeking You': What This Rumi Quote Means + How To Live It

Last updated on November 12, 2020

Spiritual wisdom tells us that our desires are co-created by the Universe. Rumi said it best with the age-old quote: "What you seek is seeking you."

When we live according to this mantra, we trust that we're not just looking for our desires. They're looking for us too. You wouldn’t have had the desire in the first place if some higher power didn’t put it there. But how do we foster this kind of trust? Here are a few ideas.

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How to apply "what you seek is seeking you" to your life.


Meditate daily.

Once we start getting to the chair (aka meditating every day), we stop being under the illusion that happiness lies on the other side of any one goal coming to fruition. We start to access bliss on a visceral level every day (preferably twice a day). Then our desires become nature’s way of using us as a fulfillment delivery vehicle.

Once you start meditating, you develop an all-access pass to bliss and fulfillment in the only place that it actually resides: inside you.

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Reflect on what you really want.

Once you get in the habit of coming back to yourself daily through meditation, you can ask yourself "What do I want to do?" Then, instead of turning it into a goal, which will cause the fun, bubbly feeling to dissipate, we want to keep ourselves in the realm of desire by consciously reminding ourselves that what we seek is also seeking us. We don't have to do anything. But we do want to do something.


Take inspired action.

This doesn’t mean sit around and wait for your dreams to land on your doorstep! You have to take inspired action. This is simply an important reminder that your happiness does not lie on the other side of a job, a boyfriend, or a proposal. Your happiness exists right now, inside of you.

The paradoxical thing that starts to happen is the more you practice this, the easier it is for your desires to find you. Probably because taking the pressure off each individual event or thing allows you to stop panicking long enough to see your desires and opportunities when they arrive.

So, what do you think is seeking you?

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Emily Fletcher
Emily Fletcher

Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the world's first online meditation training program, and the author of Stress Less, Accomplish More. Ziva's mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to modern people who are ready to up-level their performance and their life. Recently featured in the New York Times and regarded as one of the leading experts in Vedic meditation, Fletcher has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, Viacom, Chanel, Coca-Cola, and sweetgreen to help up-level company performance through meditation.

Fletcher has had the honor of speaking at Summit Series, Awesomeness Fest, and the Omega Center. She began her nine years of training in Rishikesh, India, and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, and A Chorus Line.

With her high-performance background and intensive meditation training, Fletcher is perfectly suited to teach busy people how to incorporate meditation and visualization into their life, and she's an mbg course instructor! You can learn with her by joining her course, Guided Visualizations: How to Overcome Your Fears, Excel at Work, and Have Mind-Blowing Sex. She has also created a powerful guided visualization called zivaDETOX. It's a simple, downloadable audio that is designed to help you release thoughts and stress that are not serving you and to get you on the right path to leaving the stress behind.

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