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.


Welcome difficulty. Learn the alchemy True Human Beings know:

the moment you accept what troubles you've been given, the door opens.

welcome difficulty as a familiar comrade. Joke with torment brought by the Friend. 

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes 

and jackets that cover

and then are taken off.

That undressing,

and the beautiful naked body


is the sweetness

that comes

after grief

- Rumi

Azin Ghoreyshi