Elisa Pearmain MA LMHC
Poems/Stories of the Month
A story celebrating mindfulness in the face of strong emotions.
By accepting our feelings rather than pushing them away out of fear or shame, we free up our energy to look clearly at their roots and to act with compassion towards ourselves and others.
I like to share this most well-known poem by the 13th century Sufi poet Rumi, as we explore learning to sit with feelings.
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.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
Two poems by Hafiz of Persia c. 1320-1389
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Find A Better Job
All your worry
Has proved such an
Find a better
A Great Need
Of a great need
We are all holding hands
Not loving is a letting go.
The terrain around here