Rumi poem, The Guest House

guest house

The Guest House, by Rumi

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.

About Nectar Health

Holistic Health Practitioner, since 1991. Master's of Science in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. Have a private practice, lecture and am adjunct faculty at De Anza College.
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