Rumi was a Sufi poet (Sufism is an Islamic Mysticism) who lived in the 1200’s. He is a Spiritual Poet. Sufis doctrine is to experience the spiritual in the present.
I first read “The Essential Rumi” when I was in a very low part of my life. My dear friend Daly De Gagne recommended it to me. One poem resonated deeply – “The Guest House” At that time in my life I had a serious depression. It engulfed me.
In some respects I shamed the feelings and pushed anything that was not “good” away. Imagine a day of not judging anyones feelings. Accepting lovingly what gifts may come from our authentic nature. How does that feel?
For me the poem was about acceptance.
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’re 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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.