Posts Tagged ‘Rumi’

The Guest House

February 23, 2011

Today I want to share this, one of my favorite poems, by one of my favorite poets. The message is a consistent guide to me. I share it with love and gratitude for the wisdom of Rumi.


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


Life Experiment

May 14, 2010

These words by Rumi express a philosophy of life that I aspire to follow completely. I feel I have put my life on the line in big ways to find out how well in plays out, at all of the levels of life’s concerns. I believe.¬†However the experiment is so far inclusive as to how it works at the level of practicality. But, as I said, I believe. I’m in.

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.