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Of all of the many Rumi poems I love, the Guest House by Jalal ad-Din Rumi is the one which I have read and said, watched and listened to most, over and again for years.

 

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Who is Rumi?

Born Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, ‘Rumi’ was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan.

Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions as a much admired spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Described as the most popular poet in the United States, Rumi’s poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages as timeless and mystical poems on life, love and spirituality.
Born: September 30, 1207, Balkh, Afghanistan
Died: December 17, 1273, Konya, Turkey1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi))

Audio Article: The Guest House

Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness.

Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all.
Treat each guest honorably.

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,
13th-century mystic
Persian poet, 1207-1273

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness. #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

The Gift in the Lesson

The Guest House has comforted me during troubled times and salved my aching heart with the reminder, that it is all a part of the heights and depths of the human experience that make up the life. That it is all a lesson wrapped as a gift… and sometimes a gift wrapped as a lesson.

It is in my life, and I’d much rather view it as “for me” rather than “to me”. Interesting what a difference just one little word makes. If you have trouble thinking of some of your struggles, especially those apparently inflicted by others as “a gift”… consider that to view it so is to empower yourself to discover the gem in the dirt.

To sift the gem from the dirt and hold it to the light of the heart is to illuminate its brilliance… and to make sacred the struggle.

Transmuting Dark to Light

Our human inclination is to find purpose and meaning in whatever happens. Perhaps that too is an indication of the alchemy that’s possible when we seek purpose over pain… to ask: what is the lesson here and how can I make compost  out of manure?

In the Indian Hindu tradition, the white-gray wonderfully aromatic ash they use to anoint the forehead for pujas (ceremonies) and worship, called Vibhuti, is is actually made from cow dung. The dung is made into patties that are then dried in the sun, which sterilizes and neutralizes them.  After that they are powdered and scented with sandalwood and other sacred essences.

It’s all a very symbolic alchemy of transmutations in the human experience. Just as our bodies turn food into fuel, so too do our emotions turn experiences into light… or into dark. Best to choose the light. And yes… light takes more energy… at first.

Make Sacred

Imagine what’s possible in every effort to make each moment sacred.

If it seems like too much to ever do for every moment, imagine the difference in a day to purposefully make a moment in the day sacred. Wow… got a minute or 10? Got “time to waste”?

What if we constructed the habit of creating something good in that moment? How could we then say—ever again—”I’m bored”, or “I hate…? If we had moments left to live, would we spend it on most of the things occupying our time and attention now?

Seeking inspiration through the majesty of the natural world and the beautiful gifts humans share, never fails to elevate and inspire me. Immersing in the good in the world and the work of those we admire, helps us to rise more into our best.

Focusing on the good helps to anchor our own.

Hardships are gifts wrapped in the ribbons of life… awaiting discovery. Gifts to be worn upon our being as a feather of fortune within the cloak of our human experience.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Hardships are gifts wrapped in the ribbons of life... awaiting discovery. Gifts to be worn upon our being as a feather of fortune within the cloak of our human experience. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

The Simple Power of Gratitude

The Guest House is a poetically profound reminder of the simple power of gratitude and graciousness to lighten your burden and brighten your heart, no matter your troubles and angst.

We do not want to get to the end of this life and look back upon a single moment lost in malaise. Even in our grief, have we the opportunity to imbue the human experience with an atom of love…. a lighted thought of gratitude for the experience of this life, it all its glory and grime.

I love Rumi’s gratitude theme in the Guest House. The other most powerful theme is the concept that no matter what, be honorable, grateful, respectful, compassionate and kind.

Rumi and the Dalai Lama both teach the same lesson:
To be honorable, grateful, compassionate and kind, is always a good thing.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Rumi and the Dalai Lama both teach the same lesson: To be honorable, grateful, compassionate and kind, is always a good thing. ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

Values are not Transitory

It’s easy to be kind, when things are going well. If you believe that gratitude, respect, kindness and love are integral character traits, then these are qualities that live within you, anchored in your heart and soul.

Even those who harm us… especially them… they can only do so from an absence of love… from a deep pain suffered long or near. They serve up ignorance… we need not respond in kind.

The principles that anchor you to the very core of your being transcend the chaos of circumstance.

Greatness is to be honorable and kind, even in the shallowest of circumstance and the deepest of sorrows… and everything in between. Even when no one is looking.
~LeAura Alderson, author, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Greatness is to be honorable and kind, even in the shallowest of circumstance and the deepest of sorrows... and everything in between. Even when no one is looking. ~LeAura Alderson, author, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

There are a number of renditions of Guest House by Rumi on video. Here are a few of our favorites. Let us know yours and we’ll add it here.

3 Video Renditions of Guest House by Rumi

Rumi’s Guest House in a time lapse nature video of Zion National Park, by Jared Warren Photography; Music by Osker Wyld

This is a lovely pictorial presentation to gentle uplifting music with silent captions.

 

Music Video of Rumi’s Guest House with captions but no voiceover.

This is also a music video with non-voiced captions, with a perky and inspiring melody by by Frederic Delarue.

 

 A beautifully graceful yoga rendition of Rumi’s Guest House, with voice over reading to the lovely video flow, by BodySongYoga.

The yoga and voice are by Lily Bechtel, BodySongYoga, music—Flying—by Garth Stevenson, by film and editing by @Justininbcn

We hope this has touched and inspired you as it has us. If you want more along these lines, you may also enjoy Saint Francis’s version of this concept.

Prayer of Saint Francis (Traditional)

Song by Sarah McLachlan

LYRICS

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
Amen

Songwriters: Sarah Mclachlan
Prayer of Saint Francis (Traditional) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

AND… in this vein… to close with another one of our favorites.

Calling All Angels

By Jane Siberry

Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Santa Anna, Santa Susannah
Santa Cecilia, Santa Copelia, Santa Domenica, Mary Angelica
Frater Achad, Frater Pietro, Julianus, Petronilla
Santa, Santos, Miroslaw, Vladimir and all the rest

A man is placed upon the steps and a baby cries
High above you can hear the church bells start to ring
And as the heaviness, oh, the heaviness, the body settles in
Somewhere you can hear a mother sing

Then it’s one foot, then the other as you step out on the road
Step out on the road, how much weight, how much?
Then it’s how long and how far and how many times
Oh, before it’s too late?

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’ but we’re not sure how

Oh, and every day you gaze upon the sunset with such love and intensity
Why?
It’s ah, it’s almost as if you could only crack the code then you’d finally understand
What this all means

Oh, but if you could, do you think you would trade in all
All the pain and suffering?
Oh, but then you’d miss the beauty of the light upon this earth
And the, and the sweetness of the leaving

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’ but we’re not sure how

Calling all angels (calling all angels),
calling all angels (calling all angels)
Walk me through this one,
don’t leave me alone
(walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone)

Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’, we’re hurtin’, we’re lovin’
We’re cryin’, we’re callin’ ’cause we’re not sure how this goes

Songwriters: Jane Siberry
Calling All Angels lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Now go create the world you long for… the world that already exists within you, awaiting your discovery. It begins with you.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Now go create the world you long for... the world that already exists within you, awaiting your discovery. It begins with you. ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

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Audio Article: The Guest House

Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning is a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness.

Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all.
Treat each guest honorably.

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,
13th-century mystic
Persian poet, 1207-1273

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness. #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

The Gift in the Lesson

The Guest House has comforted me during troubled times and salved my aching heart with the reminder, that it is all a part of the heights and depths of the human experience that make up the life. That it is all a lesson wrapped as a gift… and sometimes a gift wrapped as a lesson.

It is in my life, and I’d much rather view it as “for me” rather than “to me”. Interesting what a difference just one little word makes. If you have trouble thinking of some of your struggles, especially those apparently inflicted by others as “a gift”… consider that to view it so is to empower yourself to discover the gem in the dirt.

To sift the gem from the dirt and hold it to the light of the heart is to illuminate its brilliance… and to make sacred the struggle.

Transmuting Dark to Light

Our human inclination is to find purpose and meaning in whatever happens. Perhaps that too is an indication of the alchemy that’s possible when we seek purpose over pain… to ask: what is the lesson here and how can I make compost  out of manure?

In the Indian Hindu tradition, the white-gray wonderfully aromatic ash they use to anoint the forehead for pujas (ceremonies) and worship, called Vibhuti, is is actually made from cow dung. The dung is made into patties that are then dried in the sun, which sterilizes and neutralizes them.  After that they are powdered and scented with sandalwood and other sacred essences.

It’s all a very symbolic alchemy of transmutations in the human experience. Just as our bodies turn food into fuel, so too do our emotions turn experiences into light… or into dark. Best to choose the light. And yes… light takes more energy… at first.

Make Sacred

Imagine what’s possible in every effort to make each moment sacred.

If it seems like too much to ever do for every moment, imagine the difference in a day to purposefully make a moment in the day sacred. Wow… got a minute or 10? Got “time to waste”?

What if we constructed the habit of creating something good in that moment? How could we then say—ever again—”I’m bored”, or “I hate…? If we had moments left to live, would we spend it on most of the things occupying our time and attention now?

Seeking inspiration through the majesty of the natural world and the beautiful gifts humans share, never fails to elevate and inspire me. Immersing in the good in the world and the work of those we admire, helps us to rise more into our best.

Focusing on the good helps to anchor our own.

Hardships are gifts wrapped in the ribbons of life… awaiting discovery. Gifts to be worn upon our being as a feather of fortune within the cloak of our human experience.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Hardships are gifts wrapped in the ribbons of life... awaiting discovery. Gifts to be worn upon our being as a feather of fortune within the cloak of our human experience. ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

The Simple Power of Gratitude

The Guest House is a poetically profound reminder of the simple power of gratitude and graciousness to lighten your burden and brighten your heart, no matter your troubles and angst.

We do not want to get to the end of this life and look back upon a single moment lost in malaise. Even in our grief, have we the opportunity to imbue the human experience with an atom of love…. a lighted thought of gratitude for the experience of this life, it all its glory and grime.

I love Rumi’s gratitude theme in the Guest House. The other most powerful theme is the concept that no matter what, be honorable, grateful, respectful, compassionate and kind.

Rumi and the Dalai Lama both teach the same lesson:
To be honorable, grateful, compassionate and kind, is always a good thing.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Rumi and the Dalai Lama both teach the same lesson: To be honorable, grateful, compassionate and kind, is always a good thing. ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

Values are not Transitory

It’s easy to be kind, when things are going well. If you believe that gratitude, respect, kindness and love are integral character traits, then these are qualities that live within you, anchored in your heart and soul.

Even those who harm us… especially them… they can only do so from an absence of love… from a deep pain suffered long or near. They serve up ignorance… we need not respond in kind.

The principles that anchor you to the very core of your being transcend the chaos of circumstance.

Greatness is to be honorable and kind, even in the shallowest of circumstance and the deepest of sorrows… and everything in between. Even when no one is looking.
~LeAura Alderson, author, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Greatness is to be honorable and kind, even in the shallowest of circumstance and the deepest of sorrows... and everything in between. Even when no one is looking. ~LeAura Alderson, author, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

There are a number of renditions of Guest House by Rumi on video. Here are a few of our favorites. Let us know yours and we’ll add it here.

3 Video Renditions of Guest House by Rumi

Rumi’s Guest House in a time lapse nature video of Zion National Park, by Jared Warren Photography; Music by Osker Wyld

This is a lovely pictorial presentation to gentle uplifting music with silent captions.

 

Music Video of Rumi’s Guest House with captions but no voiceover.

This is also a music video with non-voiced captions, with a perky and inspiring melody by by Frederic Delarue.

 

 A beautifully graceful yoga rendition of Rumi’s Guest House, with voice over reading to the lovely video flow, by BodySongYoga.

The yoga and voice are by Lily Bechtel, BodySongYoga, music—Flying—by Garth Stevenson, by film and editing by @Justininbcn

We hope this has touched and inspired you as it has us. If you want more along these lines, you may also enjoy Saint Francis’s version of this concept.

Prayer of Saint Francis (Traditional)

Song by Sarah McLachlan

LYRICS

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
Amen

Songwriters: Sarah Mclachlan
Prayer of Saint Francis (Traditional) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

AND… in this vein… to close with another one of our favorites.

Calling All Angels

By Jane Siberry

Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Santa Anna, Santa Susannah
Santa Cecilia, Santa Copelia, Santa Domenica, Mary Angelica
Frater Achad, Frater Pietro, Julianus, Petronilla
Santa, Santos, Miroslaw, Vladimir and all the rest

A man is placed upon the steps and a baby cries
High above you can hear the church bells start to ring
And as the heaviness, oh, the heaviness, the body settles in
Somewhere you can hear a mother sing

Then it’s one foot, then the other as you step out on the road
Step out on the road, how much weight, how much?
Then it’s how long and how far and how many times
Oh, before it’s too late?

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’ but we’re not sure how

Oh, and every day you gaze upon the sunset with such love and intensity
Why?
It’s ah, it’s almost as if you could only crack the code then you’d finally understand
What this all means

Oh, but if you could, do you think you would trade in all
All the pain and suffering?
Oh, but then you’d miss the beauty of the light upon this earth
And the, and the sweetness of the leaving

Calling all angels, calling all angels
Walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone
Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’ but we’re not sure how

Calling all angels (calling all angels),
calling all angels (calling all angels)
Walk me through this one,
don’t leave me alone
(walk me through this one, don’t leave me alone)

Calling all angels, calling all angels
We’re tryin’, we’re hopin’, we’re hurtin’, we’re lovin’
We’re cryin’, we’re callin’ ’cause we’re not sure how this goes

Songwriters: Jane Siberry
Calling All Angels lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Now go create the world you long for… the world that already exists within you, awaiting your discovery. It begins with you.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Now go create the world you long for... the world that already exists within you, awaiting your discovery. It begins with you. ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com #gratitude #Quotes #Activities #Journal #Affirmations #Art #Lesson #Printable #Challenge #Ideas #AttitudeOf #Pictures #Practice #Game #Kids #Lds #Jar #List #Sayings #Grateful #Images #Prompts #30DaysOf #90DaysOf #Gifts #Thankful #Poem #ChangesEverything

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