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The Guest House by Rumi

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


Is the sweetness

That comes after grief.

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