January 25 2021

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, January 25, 2021

I leave you this month with a Rumi poem about welcoming all of the pieces of you.

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 
or 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

 

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