Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Guest House -- by Rumi

The poem below is part of the course Mindfulness in Daily Life, offered by wildmind.org. This is part of the curriculum on 'mindfulness of feelings'.
 
I love Rumi. I love this poem. I love the wildmind courses. I love to share.
 
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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 its furniture.

Still, treat each guest honorably.
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice;
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.

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