Welcome 2014, Welcome It All!

Posted by Adriene on

In light of welcoming in the new year and opening ourselves up to a new experience- I thought I would post one of my favorite poems from Rumi. Don’t make fun! This one is a classic. I read it each month and still bring it to public classes when the lightning strikes.

This one goes out to all of you! But especially my REBOOTERS! As you hit the mat, embrace the challenge, embrace the experience,  be grateful for what comes and embrace it all!

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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

photo by, Stacey Leece Vukelj

photo by, Stacey Leece Vukelj


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