Monday, March 9, 2009

Rumi ~ 700 hundred years ago ...

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.

~ Rumi ~

This was sent to me by a friend. It's so beautiful I had to share it. Imagine if we could accept the 'house guest' in ourselves and in others, what do you suppose the world would be like?

Happy Monday


B. Lynn Goodwin said...

I agree. This is a beautiful poem with a solid message. I love the idea that I am a guest house, open to whatever passes through and to the transitory nature of life. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful piece.

B. Lynn Goodwin
Author of You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers

Jellyhead said...

Wise words indeed.

Cindy said...

Thanks, Lynn. I couldn't agree more... I love Rumi...

Jellyhead, yes wise words, so wish I'd thought of them first

Kelly Pollard said...

What a great concept...must get more of Rumi's poetry