The Guest House by Jelaluddin Rumi

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.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

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One Response to The Guest House by Jelaluddin Rumi

  1. Paul Curran says:

    Dear Diane,
    I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your discussion with Marc David on his Eating Psychology Conference and found myself reading your blog and learning of your Mum’s death. Your passion for your work and your self care are born from personal pain transformed into insight and great learning. It’s also evident how much you learned from caring for your mother over 15 years. May love and kindness envelop you in this time of transition and when you emerge may you know true joy again.

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