Meet Your Guests at the Door

We often try and avoid unpleasant emotions; this little poem by Rumi reminds us that it is okay to welcome them as a part of our human experience:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning

is 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 honourably.

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


Photo credit: http://Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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