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Cast all your votes for dancing!

dancing 1Hafiz was a 14th century Persian poet who wrote this telling piece on depression. It is interesting to think that mental health and wellbeing is not necessarily a modern thing.

This is particularly for the one in four of us who struggle with mental wellbeing each year. If that is not you I am sure you will still enjoy this poem as it so accurately reflects much of life.

I know the voice of depression

Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life

Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now

And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way

And even bloom!

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins

That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,

But then drag you for days

Like a broken man

Behind a farting camel …

O keep squeezing drops of the sun

From your prayers and work and music

And from your companions’ beautiful laughter

And from the most insignificant movements

Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one, be wise.

Cast all your votes for dancing!

I wonder which line you enjoyed most?

Also by Hafiz: “Fear is the cheapest room in the house, I would love to see you living in better conditions.”

If you want to get in touch and, maybe, we can help you keep dancing, then you can reach:

Chic: chic.lidstone@dundeecity.gov.uk / 07814093240 or

Geoff: geoff.findlay@wpcscotland.co.uk 07933167480.

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