The Guest House

This week something a little bit different – a poem.

It seems to be a well know poem within mindfulness courses and when I listened to it this week I understood why. Will  you feel the same?!
Sit down, relax and simply be while reading this one.

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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 are 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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

 

Nothing more to add for today but to wish you

a lovely day

AK

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