Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How Do You Walk Through the Door?

Six months ago, I hadn't pondered the meaning of equanimity or it's significance in my daily life. As I navigate life's twists and turns, I'm learning to pay attention to the way I embrace moments. Sometimes I enjoy pleasant moments I wish would last forever and sometimes I face difficulties I'm not convinced I can bear. Equanimity invites me to notice how I greet each moment whatever it offers. The lightness and darkness of our human experience can be overwhelming, but can also be met with gentleness, compassion and acceptance. Sometimes this is easier said than done...

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.



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