“Momentary Awareness” and its various manifest forms … a beautiful Rumi translation by Coleman Barks.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

Awareness and its various manifest forms - the unexpected visitors

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.


Above Rumi poem is from The Essential Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.
Image: Open Door by plantsandanimals1, CC0 Public Domain.
This is a migration (edited) of an old Stillness Speaks 2009 post.

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