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!
Every if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each other 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

Rumi, The Guest House
Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
Extracted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s "Coming to our Senses"

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