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The Guest House by Rumi

July 27, 2015

 

This past month I've been reading "The Guest House" by Rumi.  Below I've included the full poem.  It is such a beautiful way to look at not only our interactions with others and experiences in the world but also a way to view our thourghts.  May this poem bring you some piece when you are struggling with what is:

 

Guest House – Rumi

 

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 sham, 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.

 

Welcome difficulty.

Learn the alchemy True Human

Beings know:

The moment you accept what troubles

You’ve been given, the door opens.

 

Welcome difficulty as a familiar

Comrade. Joke with torment

Brought be the Friend.

 

Sorrows are the rags

And jackets that serve to cover,

And then are taken off.

That undressing,

And the beautiful

Naked body

Underneath,

Is the sweetness

That comes after grief.

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