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~

Rumi

The soul: a wide listening sky with thousands of candles.

When anything is sold, soul gets given in the cash: people waiting at a door.

A ladder leaning on a roof, someone climbing down.

The market square bright with understanding.

Listening opens its amazed mouth.