“There is a powerful delegation in us that
lobbies every moment for
How will you ever find peace
unless you yield to love
the way the gracious earth
does to our hand’s
• from “The Way the Forest Shelters” by Rabia of Basra (c717-801), translated b Daniel Ladinsky
This, above all, with bring happiness to your life and to those around you.
(extracted from zenhabits.com)
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