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.

~ Rumi ~
(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

2016-11-20T15:08:59+00:00 May 24th, 2010|2 Comments

About the Author:

Cindy practices psychotherapy in Aurora, Ontario. She sees couples and individuals and practices a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities including animal assisted therapy with her two Golden Retrievers, Romy and Aspen.


  1. Todd Hayen July 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I love Rumi! Thanks for this post, it is beautiful…

  2. Tara Bell September 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Most wonderful. And an honorable guide and everyday reminder!
    Rumi the brilliant (brilliant feels like magic).

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