It’s amazing how the Sufi Poet, Rumi, who lived in the early 1200’s, deeply understood the human mind.

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.”

-Rumi

As humans, it is our instinct to shy away from any kind of pain, most notably emotional pain.  As a culture we have become brilliant at avoiding any form of discomfort.  In 2013 there are so many delicious ways to avoid.  If we want to numb out with food, we can now find restaurants and grocery stores open all night in many areas, we can shop online, we can watch endless hours of tv and have endless channels to choose from, work all the time and be connected at all hours a day.  And yet it is in the avoidance that we get stuck in what I call, the “uncomfortable emotion” tunnel.  We do not grow, we cannot taste happiness fully and we delay what we are meant to do in this lifetime.  It’s not easy and it takes great courage to enter the tunnel.  To hang out in the tunnel.  Especially when it gets cold and dark and damp. I would be lying if I said it was fun.  It is not.  It takes a warrior.  You are that warrior. There is gold at the end of the tunnel.  Because it is you.  You the warrior. Beautiful authentic you!

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