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.

~ Rumi ~

(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

2017-04-27T21:26:41+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on The Guest House

To Be Hopeful

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-Howard Zinn

2017-04-24T20:59:54+00:00 April 24th, 2017|1 Comment

Santosha

Santosha, translated simply as contentment, is not so easy to master because the habit of wanting and achieving is so deeply ingrained in us.  It does not mean that we give up having goals and striving for them.  It does not mean that we have no intention of improving ourselves, which could be called complacency.
Santosha does mean that we are at peace with this moment as it is and with ourselves as we are, even as we strive to learn and grow.  It does mean that we can enjoy the process of pursuing our goals, giving ourselves fully to them, without fear of failure.

2017-04-20T20:18:19+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Santosha