The Guest House
I first read this poem when I was doing my Mindfulness training back in 2013. Rumi's verse would have to be one of the most frequently recited poems in mindfulness retreats and courses around the world. I love all of his poetry but this is definitely one of my personal favourites.
As Mooji observes, Rumi reminds us that feelings are visitors that come and go. To be with whatever life brings to us. Whether it comes in the form of a a joy or a great difficulty Rumi encourages us to open ourselves to whatever life brings us - internally or externally. Whatever life throws at us, our attitude and commitment to greet it without fear or loathing and with whatever subtle faith we can muster, allows us to become wiser, kinder and more compassionate to self and others. It just gets to the heart of mindful living in the most eloquent and beautiful way. I might just print this to go on my therapy room's wall...