BODY INTELLIGENCE (extract from)

Your intelligence is always with you,

overseeing your body, even though

you may not be aware of its work.

If you start doing something against

your health, your intelligence

will eventually scold you.

If it hadn’t been so lovingly close by,

and so constantly monitoring,

how could it rebuke?

You and your intelligence

are like the beauty and the precision

of an astrolabe.

Together, you calculate how near

existence is to the sun!

Your intelligence is marvellously intimate.

It’s not in front of you or behind,

or to the left or right.

Now try, my friend, to describe how near

is the creator of your intellect!….

From Rumi The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne