Life often brings events and circumstances that surprise us and conflict with our plans. Most of us have developed in our heads a vision for our day that includes what we will accomplish and how the day will flow. There’s nothing wrong with planning, but problems inevitably arise when our ideas solidify into how life should be. With this in mind, for June we have chosen the practice of accepting what comes.
Until I have time to write more about this, please enjoy this poem by the Middle Eastern mystic Rumi, which beautifully expresses the wisdom in accepting difficulty. As always, I think of you all with such gratitude and pray that the Institute is supporting you in exposing your inner Light.
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.