How is it that a 12th century mystic can still be so alive and relevant today? In Rumi’s poem, “The Guest House”, he tells us to accept our emotions without getting entangled in the feelings that they produce. Being aware of how we feel in a difficult conversation, without letting our judgements about the other person get in the way. See them for what they really are with a fresh, non-judgemental mind.
Each emotion is a visiting guest, Rumi points out, that stays a while and then leaves. So see them for what they are. Accept all emotions as part of our human condition. Learn from them because each is sent to teach us. With gratitude to by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Enjoy…
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.
What emotions do you welcome? What emotions do you deny? What might you learn by inviting that which you deny? Please leave a comment for our community.