The Guest House
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:34AM
Essrea Cherin

This poem by Rumi perfectly expresses the approach that I take in working with each client, "Reconciling Differences from the Inside Out."

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

In fact, as within so without.  In welcoming all aspects of ourselves and our experience, we expand our ability to offer the same loving acceptance to those we encounter in our day-to-day lives, all are welcome and bring  gifts that may not be immediately evident.  Regardless, we embrace each and everyone.

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