“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
I heard this poem by Rumi at a retreat over the weekend and really liked it. Especially at this time when the planetary energies are shaking up a lot of us. It helps to remember that all the “guests” have the potential to “be clearing you out for some new delight.”