Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sufi the Labradoodle puppy. And why the name 'Sufi . . . .'

Just to let people know, who love dogs, and come here for Osteopathy and Acupuncture, that we now have a new labradoodle pupply called 'Sufi'.  The word 'Sufi' in Arabic apparently means 'wool', which is also appropriate considering his woolly fleece-like white fur.  However, the Sufis were
mystics, perhaps one of the most famous being Rumi, well known for his poetry.  Rumi wrote many poems during his life, and there are so many to choose from, but one of my favorites is the Guest House:

This being human is a guest house
Every morning, a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
Empty of it's furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes.
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.

OK, anything for some poetry.  But you can see why Rumi was such a mystic.  The 'guest' house implies impermanence, transience, change - and each 'guest' signifies a mental (emotional) state, a multiplicity of being (many guests).  Everything changes, yet honor each 'guest'.  As Rumi says: 'treat each guest honorably . . .  Be grateful for whoever comes, because each (metal-emotional state) has been sent as a guide . . .'  The nature of mind (perhaps also mind- wandering), self, and also of meditation.

Anyway, I have mentioned this poem before, and others (other Sufi poets) in a blog earlier this year:

Well, this is all getting away from a new puppy - but, as for his name, maybe just explaining perhaps a little of Sufism, and who the Sufis were.

Anyway, there are even more pictures and videos of this labradoodle puppy, on Facebook

Sufi - at home, settling in well.

And if you were thinking about booking into the clinic soon for some Acupuncture and/or Osteopathy treatment (and you'll probably also get to meet Sufi when you are here), then of course just book in the usual way: by internet:

or you can always phone 03 980 2425
And yes, the After-Hours clinic is still running.

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