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Let go and let in

I love the poem "The Guest House" by Jalaluddin Rumi.

This poem is a wonderful description of the feelings that present themselves during the day. Trying to stop feelings 'getting in' or spending your time trying to get rid of them can use up energy that would have been better spent on the activities and people that give your life its meaning. That's not to say we should ignore feelings either. Often they are there for a reason. If some of your 'guests' are regular visitors, therapy can get to the root cause of this. Some emotions are reactions to the normal frustrations in life, and others are ripples from the past that are better understood as over-reactions. These can definitely be helped with therapy techniques. See what you think. People interpret this poem in many different ways and it will mean something different to you too.

Translated by Coleman Barks

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.

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