This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival…
I ran across the poem, The Guest House, by Rumi again today. I’m finding it a useful catalyst for reflection as we move toward year-end activities. If I discussed this process with a beloved mentor, she would ask me to take more than a few minutes reflecting on not just went well, but when I was disappointed or hurt, and be sure to feel all of it.
“Welcome and entertain them all!”
Really, what choice do we have? We are feeling beings. I find when I suppress my feelings, they tend to show themselves at inopportune times, or cause great discomfort because they’ve not been given my loving attention.
I’ve been so inspired by some of my fellow writers here at BizCatalyst 360° and their stories of gently and carefully navigating through loss and pain, current and remembered.
(Some links to pick from if you wish.)
“Be grateful for whatever comes.”
All of our feelings, though some profoundly uncomfortable, belong. I know when I started to let this in, I became more fluid in making me way through my day, my year, and my life. The whole of us, our feelings of heartache and gratitude, make up who we are as human beings.
I plan to take in the feeling of my year, a little at a time — plan to create cozy containers of time and space where I can reflect and feel, and clean the windshield of my perspective as I look into the new year.