photo credit: Lori Wise
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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Aum ~ Shanti ~ Amen
Leaving my First Aid/CPR certification class Saturday morning, happy to have gotten out a little early, I cruise down the road listening to my favorite tunes on my iPod. As I gain momentum on the road, suddenly the stoplight changed red. It wasn’t one of those, “oh, I can make it through before it turns red” light. I stopped so abruptly I was left the first person at the light. This is happening several times in a row. On the fourth stop in a row, my frustration is growing rapidly. Awareness came over me and I clearly saw this red light occurrence mirroring Life. Continue reading