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Monday, April 28, 2008

guest house by rumi

Happy rainy Monday in DC!

The weekend was spent shopping for must-haves before opening and recovering from this crazy bout of "allergies." Mama is in Virginia so she'll be here early evening. Not sure where we're gonna put the sweet thing!

I hope you had a delightful weekend and are enjoying this lovely spring rain. Perfect for snuggling up in layers with a good cup of tea and book nearby!

Last night we had a special sneak peek into the new space with our teachers. During a mini-practice, I read this poem which really speaks to me as a reminder about our role as teachers and practitioners of yoga. Please enjoy:

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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

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LobotoME said...

thanks for sharing this poem - good luck with the opening! you must be so excited!

Anonymous said...

thought of you--
Amy Tan talks about creativity:

Pink Heels said...

I have written this poem within the inside of every planner that I have purchased for the past 12 years. It is a wonderful reminder of what is truly important in life.

Globetrotting Cacti said...

Love the poem - very inspiring and true (and some-thing that we should remind our-selves of more often). Thanks for sharing....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing - you are such an inspiration for those of us who hope to teach and also inspire someday!
Enjoy the week and your grand opening - take time to bask in the wonderfullness of it all.
Namaste ~

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing.

leslie henshaw said...

this poem is a great reminder that even the dark feelings are valid and have something to teach us. it was just what I needed to remember today. Thanks!, and I love your podcast!

Anonymous said...

Great poem--can you let us know who the author is?

kimberly wilson said...

rumi - i noted it in the heading.