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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


Our life is an endless journey; 

It is like a broad highway 

that extends infinitely into the distance. 

The practice of meditation provides 

a vehicle to travel on that road. 

Our journey consists of constant 

ups and downs, hope and fear, 

but it is a good journey. 

The practice of meditation 

allows us to experience 

all the textures of the roadway, 

which is what the journey is all about. 

Through the practice of meditation, 

we begin to find that within ourselves 

there is no fundamental complaint 

about anything or anyone at all.


Chogyam Trungpa


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