The Guest House by Rumi: A Mindful Look at Breath and Being Present

1 Comment December 1, 2007 / Posted in Breathe

In reading some of the discussions from Today’s Inspiration on Daily Om I came across this poem by Rumi posted by one of the discussants on Tending The Emotions.

My thoughts are like breath, they come and they go. Often we suffer from psychological breath holding where we hold onto a thought.

I go back to my breathe and let the thought or emotion go. Back in the present moment. Until… What is the message. What is the lesson. What is the part of me I don’t like that in the next breath I can greet and welcome in. Terrence reminds me: Nothing human is alien to me.

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
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.

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  1. Gill said on December 9th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    What a great write. It really had me moved! I think alot like this writing.

    Thanks, Gill

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