Rumi Poem

April 28, 2020 @ 12:06 AM
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 gently and 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
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COVID Starts

April 27, 2020 @ 5:27 PM

Dear Beloved NNESSRE Community,

I send this reflection from New Hampshire where I am social distancing as much as possible...

Having feelings is what makes us human. Let them all in, accept that they just “are,” so you can let them out. You are no less strong for feeling fearful, just as you are not weak for feeling joy.

If you are like me, your emotions are running the spectrum these days: from apathetic to angry, from harried (what no toilet paper?) to happy, from grim to grateful. Hearing the latest stats of infection, I have felt panic. Touching a key pad at a checkout, I feel afraid. Could I get sick? Could those I love get sick?

Yet, seeing the red-bellied woodpecker return to my bird ............

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