Walking Free

Why, when there are so many possibilities in life, do we stay inside the prison of our closed minds?


Rumi, the thirteenth century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, asks this marvelous question: “Why, when God’s world is so big, did you fall asleep in a prison of all places?” Why, indeed, when there are so many possibilities in life, do we willingly stay inside the prison of our own thinking, our own apparent ‘rightness’ and our restricted view of the landscape?

We stay trapped within the limits of closed mindsets, long held prejudices, and generations’ old ideas of what might constitute truth. But mostly we are trapped by the hardening of our hearts.

When we steel ourselves against another and gather around ourselves the ragged though familiar cloak of fear and anger, the door to our world silently closes. We are fettered by our own refusal to look up, to look out, to look within, and to imagine another way of being.

This lyric is my gloss on Rumi’s original quote. CJ


Hey, whatcha’ doing

Down there in the dark?

That ain’t no place to sink on down,

That ain’t no place to park.

Of all the places

In the world so big and wide,

Why d’ya choose a prison?

It’s a foolish place to hide.

 

We can be captives,

Of many different kinds,

In isolation,

Held hostage by our minds.

Fear and anger,

Refusal to forgive,

They keep us locked up inside,

And that ain’t no way to live. 

You could be walking free,

You could be walking free,

You could be walking free,

Liberty.

 

That door can open,

You have got the key.

Why don’t you come on out?

You can be walking free.

Come on and look up,

The sky is bright and blue.

It’s a brand new day,

And it’s waiting here for you.

You could be walking free,

You could be walking free,

Don’t ya want it?

You could be walking free,

You could be walking free.


Scott Bruyea, drums

Bob Hewus, bass

Steve Kennedy, soprano and tenor saxophones

Eric Mahar, guitar solo

Bruce Ley, guitars, percussion, lead vocal

Steve Kennedy, Carole Warren, background vocals

Candice Bist, lyrics

Bruce Ley, music

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