With so much coming our way right now, Rumi’s Guest House is a gentle reminder to open ourselves to it all. If we can greet each of the “visitors” without judgment or fear, we have the opportunity to find wisdom, kindness, and more compassion for self and others.
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 whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi
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