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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 are a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture

Still treat each guest honourably
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 as been sent
As a guide from beyond
-Rumi (Say I am You)

 
Practicing mindfulness has been discovery of an inner security blanket - only sometimes accessible but always there... a consequence of stopping, experiencing the prickle of adrenalin, choosing a different response. Life is richer, not easier.

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