Marlyse Carroll - author, artist and facilitator

Rumi – The Guest House

I just love the following poem by Rumi, it says it all…

The Guest House

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.

Jelal ad-Din Rumi
Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic, 1207-1273
Translation by Coleman Barks

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