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.
I love this poem.
We are reminded that in everything there is an opportunity, even when it seems that the one knocking on our door is a less than adored guest.
Imagine if, from today, we begin to view the challenges that we encounter as nudges that are here to help us to Awaken and become more conscious.
That will require us to drop judgment and criticism, leap out of the mindset of persecution and retaliation and step into acceptance and willingness.
WoW! that is a lot that can come from just opening the door to our Heart.
Let's try it!