Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Guest House

--by Rumi (Dec 11, 2006)

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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On Jun 15, 2013 Ganoba wrote:

 The postman just delivers the message.
He does not know what the message is
whether of birth or death.
You too come to know about it
only after you have opened and read it.
by the he is gone on his rounds.

On Feb 2, 2007 Lady wrote:
Each event or experience for whatever reason or cause that sweeps through our life and leaves us with negative thoughts and feelings of any size can always be made into or looked at as a much-needed lesson in teaching us how to look with a different view and strive to go deeper within ourselves if need be in order to search and find the good part of the event that we believe was missing in order to have some balance and understanding back. Even if the good part you may end up finding is as small as a speck of is the one that sees the speck of dirt with true faith who will be blessed with a beautiful rose bush so to share hope and love with others that may be needing that very same speck of dirt in their lives.

On Dec 17, 2006 Ronelle wrote:
Thank you so much for sharing this.
On my way to work my thought this morning for the day was:
You need sunshine and rain to make the harvest grown.
It is not only the one, neither only the other.
So a balanced life?
Sometimes fun and pleasure..
Sometimes pain and grieve.
What we make of the sunshine or the rain in our life is totally up to us.
No one says it is easy!!
But we have the choice to make the best.
Take care..

On Dec 14, 2006 tem wrote:
u know what while 'am writing this i am being overwhelmed by deep depression what i wanna say is that in every aspect variety is really bueaty be it joy or a depression, let's just get through otherwise we couldn't apreciate the ups unless we have been to the downs

On Dec 12, 2006 J wrote:
This is a good one for all of the things that have happened in our lives and we just dont wanna meet them at the door... love ya

On Dec 12, 2006 peter wrote:
if you die at 30 you are a lot less likely to die at 40

On Dec 12, 2006 Mark wrote:
The grass is not greener on the other side.
The grass is greener where you water!