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.

– Rumi

 

“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.– Edward Teller

 

“Learning to live is learning to let go.”  – Sogyal Rinpoche

 

“On days when the sky is grey, the sun has not disappeared forever.”  – Arnaud Desjardins

 

“Our hearts can grow strong at the broken places.”  – Jack Kornfield

 

” You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Joseph Goldstein

 

” Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything.” – Jack Kornfield

 

” Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” – Edgar Allan Poe

 

“We are learning to live with the consequences of love. So we must bear loss as deeply as we cared. Throughout spiritual literature we are told that attachment creates pain, and here we are, trying to learn how to love more fully in the shadow of that very painful truth! But the irony is that without some level of attachment, there could be no love. As the Dalai Lama has said, ‘No attachment, no compassion.’ It is the balance act of a lifetime.” – Stephen Levine

 

“In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost.” – Anne Sophie Swetchine

 

“If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay.” – Stephen Levine

 

To live in this world

you must be able to do three things:

To love what is mortal,

To hold it against your bones knowing

your own life depends on it,

And when the time comes to let it go,

to let it go.

-Mary Oliver

 

 

THE SHIP

What is dying?

I am standing by the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, ‘There she goes!’
Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to her place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
‘There she goes!’,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
‘Here she comes!’

And that is dying.

– Charles Henry Brent

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott