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Welcoming in 2024 worts and all!

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 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.

-- Rumi

Everything that comes our way in this life, good or bad, holds a teaching if we are mindful enough to give it our full presence.

A parting question for you:

What kinds of "guests" have you played host to today?

What wisdom did they share?

With love and light always


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