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Rumi: The Guest House

Rumi: The Guest House

This weekend I watched a movie about Rumi, a Persian poet who lived eight hundred years ago. He is one of the most widely read poet in the U.S. I became fascinated by his story and his work. You can read more about him on this page.

I’m not personally a big fan of poems, but I’ve heard about Rumi so many times in mindfulness circles and I’ve come across many quotes from him that I really like, so I decided to learn more. Here is one of my favorites:

 

His poems are nothing like I’ve ever read. One of them called The Guest House really resonates with what I’ve learned recently. It’s about making space for your feelings, whatever they might be. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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.

~ Jellaludin Rumi

(translation by Coleman Barks)

Do You Need Validation?

Do You Need Validation?

For Christmas, my fifteen-year-old daughter gave me a little book that really made me happy. On each page, she completed the sentence by adding personalized comments about why she loves me. After all we’ve been through, this totally made my day!!

Appreciation and support can totally change someone’s day and put a smile on his or her face.

This reminded me of my favorite short film, by Kurt Kuenne, called Validation.

Do you need validation? This will make you SMILE! And don’t forget to pay it forward and express appreciation to someone today.

Make sure you visit Kurt Kuenne’s website for more of his awesome videos.

Question of the week: It feels really good to receive validation from someone else, but how do you validate yourself? Answer in comments, or just meditate on this question.