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The Guest House

Coach Ian  Richards-Thomas (He/Him) by Ian Richards-Thomas (He/Him)
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The Guest House
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This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
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A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
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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.
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The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
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Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.



'The Guest House' by 13th century Persian poet Rumi. Frequently recited in mindfulness circles, this poem is a reminder not to resist the thoughts and emotions passing through you but to meet them with courage, warmth, and respect.


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