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Danae Moore has been pursuing yoga her whole life — though she didn't know that's what it was called. She now lives in Menlo Park and teaches public and private yoga classes across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Guest House

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The Guest House

Danae Moore

This is one of my favorite poems by Rumi. It paints a persuasive picture of relating to unexpected emotions and experiences as visitors that we welcome into our lives with joy and gratitude. I think we all have some visitors that we would rather shut out of the house — or perhaps some that we don't even hear knocking at the door. I invite you to notice your habits in this regard and to explore inviting those guests in.

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.