The "Guest House" of Being - a poem

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'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.

Rumi 

 From The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks

The Guest House (Rumi poem)

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'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.

~ Rumi ~

(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

May 7th Centering Prayer Retreat, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Contemplative Outreach of Metropolitan Washington (COMW) invites you to this half-day morning retreat. The retreat is offered to those who may wish to deepen their current practice of Centering Prayer, experience extended prayer time in a retreat setting, reestablish their practice, and/or simply draw closer to God in silence. The retreat, at the First Baptist Church of Washington DC, is offered to individuals with a regular practice of Centering Prayer for at least three months, consist of:

  • Three 30 minute periods of Centering Prayer
  • Viewing a selection of the new DVD series from Fr. Thomas Keating: "Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ"

For more information or to RSVP contact Ron Barnett RLB@me.com.