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The Dark Side of the Sacred

On Nov 10, 2008 Smita wrote:

Wow - I read this reflection at the moment when I most needed it, reminding me to embrace and breathe through emotions that I normally want to avoid or "get rid of." The following poem has been on my mind lately, and it seems appropriate to share it here. The author is Rumi, and the title is "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.

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