The Guesthouse by Rumi: Reading and Meditation

May 3, 2020  • Executive Leadership Seminars Department

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The Guesthouse, by Rumi


Each day, a new guest arrives within us. Sometimes expected, sometimes unexpected; sometimes welcome, sometimes very unwelcome. Rumi invites us to open our minds and bodies to the new experiences that present themselves each day, for each has a purpose. 

This piece was first read aloud to me in a guided meditation class on mindfulness. Sometimes the feelings that reside within us overstay their welcome–they can be uncomfortable, disruptive, or downright unpleasant. But rather than greeting only the ideal emotions with warmth and acceptance, what happens if we extend this courtesy of a gracious host to all? “Meet then at the door laughing and invite them in/Be grateful for whatever comes/because each has been sent/as a guide from beyond.” Rumi encourages us to make room for the spectrum of emotions that arrive, welcoming each and tending to them as a guest in need of comfort. 

What guests arrived in your home today? How did you treat them upon entry? What happens if you greet them with warmth and care? How might you express gratitude today for what has arrived? 

Brianna Curran, Laguna Niguel, California

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