It’s National Poetry Month. As much as I admire some poems and don’t get others (at all) some speak quite loudly to my sweet self. This one spoke softly, sweetly, gently.
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.
The quote junkie I am, loves Rumi. How delicious to stumble across this one I had never seen. He expresses so beautifully what I share with clients and remind myself (daily). I offer you this…
Invite the uncomfortable as well as the comfortable.
When you avoid, or push away, the uncomfortable visitors,
you create pain and suffering.
I choose to open my door
-yes an open invitation~
for all my feelings and emotions.
I will notice your arrival…
welcome, acknowledge and accept you with love.
We may sit and stare at each other for awhile,
know you are welcome, I am just processing.
I’ll listen for your message.
Thank you for visiting,
I may even send you along.
I smile and wave,
possibly shed a tear.
What can you do to honor your guest house?
- Notice the multitude of feelings and emotions you experience.
- Invite them ALL in.
- Ask yourself… Can you allow these feelings and emotions?
- Treat your feelings/emotions as the visitors they are and ask “what are you here to tell me?”
Like Rumi says: “Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”