Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Honoring Rumi

Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Rumi - more commonly known as Rumi - was a 13th-Century Sunni Muslim Persian poet and mystic. It is no wonder that his poems have been translated into languages all over the world. As a yoga teacher, I have had the honor of sharing his poetry with my classes on many occasions, and his beautiful words sometimes move me to tears. He eloquently paints a portrait of the philosophy and practice of yoga, and provides a timeless mirror for our personal journeys. I invite you to enjoy one of my personal favorites:


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

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