Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Guest House

I love this poem by Rumi, 13th century Persian poet. The words help me remember that all emotions are important and that we should not shove them away but invite them into our lives. They are indeed important guests that come to teach important lessons.


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'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 ~
(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)


  1. Always a good one to read again and again. Thanks for resurfacing it. :D

  2. Thank you for posting this poem, which has been on my mind for the past week or so. I haven't taken time to find it so I was remembering bits and pieces. And here it is...


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