The Guest House by 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’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.
I absolutely love this poem by Rumi and like to revisit it from time to time. I came across it about four years ago on a mindfulness course. It was a revelation at the time as it taught me new ways of relating to myself and what’s going on in my body and mind. I was at the very early stages of my spiritual path and was beginning to make connections of how the body and mind were linked. After being taught otherwise for most of my life, this was amazing to realise. Even so, I find that no matter how far along the path you are, it is still good to be reminded of the basics and come back to what you once knew.
We all want to feel good yet no matter how positive you are things can creep up on you. It’s part of being human. I don’t always like some of the things that do creep up but I try to make a conscious effort to invite them in like Rumi says in his poem. I try to lighten it up by envisaging a tea party situation in my head. If joy knocks on the door I go hey come on in and have a cuppa. With each feeling I may have on a particular day I do the same to each one including the eeekky ones, especially the eeekky ones. I have to admit I do get a bit hesitant at first. If it’s a depression or shame or guilt or something on those lines I want them to go away but I figure if I ignore them they will never go away so I say hey, what gift do you have for me today… come on in and join the party. They all get a special party hat and converse with each other. Yes, this really does go on in my head sometimes but I don’t mind sharing if it’s helps somebody reading this. Either that or you can embrace the crazy madness inside my head 🙂 It all turns out well in the end.
Sending many blessings your way.
Love and light,