Rumi-The Guest House

One of the best ways to effectively handle our emotions is not to ignore them but to look at them.Ā  Here is a poem by Rumi describing just that.

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.

~ Rumi ~


12 responses to “Rumi-The Guest House

  1. Beautiful! Something to remember when things get rough – .

  2. i can never read this poem enough. thank you for sharing this again…perfect timing.

  3. Thank you for sharing this poem. A great reminder that we can gain insight through our experiences both positive and negative and that they may just lead us to a better place. I especially enjoy the line “meet them at the door laughing”.

  4. Mindful and beautiful – there’s a certain gracefulness in embracing all that life brings you… This is a wonderful poem, thank you for sharing!

  5. I have always loved this work of Rumi’s. I seek to embrace…a step beyond acceptance.

  6. Never heard of those people before. Just googled them. Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

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