The Guest House

Our name was inspired by this poem, originally written by the 13th century mystic poet Rumi. Translation from The Essential Rumi reproduced here with permission from the author, Coleman Barks.

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.

-Rumi


Charles SchillbergThe Guest House