Welcome to Lily's Digital Guesthouse

          and your invitation to self inquiry

             

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

                                                                      A joy, a depression, a meaness,

                                                                  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 greet 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.



                                                                                       Jalal al-Din Rumi


​                                                                                                 translated by Coleman Barks