Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Guest House

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 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 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.

The Essential Rumi

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh


  1. Lovely... and a beautiful reminder to accept "all guests"... sometimes we spend so much time and energy trying to keep certain "guests" at bay while it would be healthier and easier to accept them rather than shun or fear them