The guest house
The human being is like a guest house.
Every morning a new newcomer.
A joy, a sadness, an evil,
Some momentary awareness arrives
Like an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and welcome them all!
Even if they were a multitude of wailing,
That empty your house
Still, treat each guest with honor.
I may be creating space for you
For a new delight.
To dark thought, to shame, to malice,
Receive them at the door with a smile,
And invite them in.
Be grateful to whoever comes
Because each one has been sent
As a guide from beyond.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal includes Rumi’s The Guest House in his book and highlights how it has helped his patients process and accept more complicated emotions.