My yoga teacher read this poem by Rumi at the beginning of class yesterday. And it was a beautiful moment for me, inviting me to be more open, accepting and welcoming of whatever comes my way. And so, I pass it on to you. For inspiration as a Mama and in your Waldorf homeschooling.
The 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.
(translated by Coleman Barks)