Words of Wisdom
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’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.
Our life is an endless journey;
It is like a broad highway
that extends infinitely into the distance.
The practice of meditation provides
a vehicle to travel on that road.
Our journey consists of constant
ups and downs, hope and fear,
but it is a good journey.
The practice of meditation
allows us to experience
all the textures of the roadway,
which is what the journey is all about.
Through the practice of meditation,
we begin to find that within ourselves
there is no fundamental complaint
about anything or anyone at all.