The Guest House

Aug 24, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings! Welcome to 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 whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. —Rumi (Coleman Barks, 1995, Harper Collins, pp. 109)

Can you relate to Rumi’s words? Have you ever been able to make meaning out of a temporary “depression or meanness?” Can you savor the joy of a precious moment without expectation of what will happen next? Can you recall a time when something that you perceived as “a crowd of sorrows” was really clearing you out for a “new delight?”

Radiant joy to you!

Love, Luann