Monday Inspiration – The Guest House

Divine Guidance, Poetry
Monday Inspiration

Monday Inspiration

I woke up today thinking about this poem.  Sometimes I don’t welcome the thoughts, feelings, and experiences in my life.  I often resist them, which usually just makes everything worse – the cruddy stuff festers, the joy doesn’t get through. Then, I remember this poem, and I can open the door to clarity, perception, and presence.

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.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Clarity, perception, being present

Clarity, perception, being present

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2 thoughts on “Monday Inspiration – The Guest House

  1. LOVE this poem! It’s one of my favorites. I’ve been trying to use it in Storied Nights for over a year and finally I have a theme developing where I can showcase it. In fact, I was just thinking about SN and the poem over the weekend because we’ll be relaunching in September. What a wonderful coincidence to see it here. It’s a perfect fit for you, Monica. Miss you and the other RBBPers. Hugs

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