This poem reminds us of the importance of accepting and embracing all of our shadow sides. Those bad thoughts, shame, malice…are a part of us and repressing them only makes them stronger. When such shadows are not acknowledged and embraced, they pop up unexpectedly and cause havoc. When we embrace all aspects of ourselves, we can find the positive in those shadows! This new awareness strengthens us and helps us find more meaning in our lives and greater balance! 🙂
This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. 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.