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The Guest House

I know I have posted this poem before, but it has a beautiful message. Rumi reminds me I cannot accept only the good that comes into my life. When the darker emotions show themselves at the door of my life, I should welcome them and accept them as a guide from beyond.

Like my delightful emotions, the darker ones are fleeting and temporary. While they are with me, the metaphor of a guesthouse allows me to experience them more fully and be mindful to what they mean at that point in my life.

In those moments, those closest to me help me understand what each arrival may mean. We can ask questions without presuming the answers in advance.

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.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

25 responses »

  1. Is this your poem or is it Rumi? Either way, it is excellent and thank you for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful poetry and the meaning is so simple yet so truthful. I am in love with Rumi’s works and each and everything that he has written has such deep messages and meanings that they touch the very inner core of my soul. Thanks for this lovely post. Great words of wisdom to learn from. Take care and God bless. Samina

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  3. This is one of my favorites. So glad you posted it. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Thought-provoking at a pivotal point in American and world history. Thanks…

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  5. A very dear friend made her transition this past week. My experience of her departure is reflected in the poem, Ivon. Thank you. 😉 xoM

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  6. Every emotion is a color. A rich and beautiful life contains the entire rainbow. Enjoyed this.

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  8. I really like the metaphor of a guest house. Emotions come and go…and each can have a message, if we just stop to greet them.

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