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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)

 
We live in stressful, turbulent times. The pace of life is accelerating exponentially; uncertainty, endless change, and countless demands are the norm. These everyday challenges can and often do adversely affect our health and well-being. In the face of this it is critically important to realize we have the strength, stability and resilience within us for effectively meeting these challenges. Mindfulness is a way for you to access these inner resources

Saki Santorelli, Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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