Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rumi poem

Rumi's 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.

For me this poem is a reason to live.
It tells you everything you need to know
for a happy life: Don't resist, flow. XOXO
P.S. I got this poem at Mermaid's blog
and she was happy to share :-).


willowtree said...

Well waddayaknow? You really can write a poem that doesn't include Nantucket.

sukipoet said...

A lovely poem. As Pema says, be grateful to everyone. Actually, that is a lojong saying. Rumi is wonderful, always. So wise.Thanks for sharing.

Sizzle said...

That poem is one of my favorites. :-)

Lisa said...

Oh I was looking for this quote the other day! I had it on my old soulcollage blog and wanted to put it on my new one. It completely sums up what soulcollage is all about.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. I have been trying to highlight other artists, too...a few of the less well-known ones. That's always a good thing, I think. :)

I will definitely share anything with you that I learn. Maybe we can both be j.o.b free!

Unknown said...

Its a beautiful poem Annie, you make me dream on a MOnday morning. Big hugs for the week :D

Unknown said...

I borrowed this poem for my post. I hope you and Mermaid do not mind. It seems a perfect fit for the first day of Advent. Hope your week goes well. My "weekend" is Monday and Tuesday so off to the grocery store I go:>)

Anonymous said...

So much to ponder over in that poem. Thanks for sharing Annie.

mermaid said...

I'm glad you found it to be as inspiring as I did:)

Unknown said...

Hello Annie, I come from Suki's Blog, because I liked very much what you wrote to her. And I love the quote in your sidebar, and everything else too. This lovely poem here too. I did not know Rumi up to now. Thanks for sharing!
Have a good day

Annie Coe said...

WT-You are a silly guy :-).
Suki-Yes, grateful.
Sizzle-I could figure that we like the same poems :-).
M.Kate-Glad I could help on a Monday :-).
Distracted-Borrow away!
Melanie-Yes, there is, a lifetimes worth.
Mermaid-yes, and thanks again!
Cestrandrea-Thank you for coming and leaving a sweet comment.

Nihal said...

The clues of happiness is in Great Poet, Rumi. He's our honor. He was himself a great mystic, always searched for the union with the divine love. Thanks for sharing this so meaningful poem.