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  • Writer's pictureLiz Sterling

The Company You Keep

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Take a moment to consider the company you keep — the people you connect with, the environment you live in and the thoughts you entertain morning, noon and night.

Do you like the world you've created for yourself? Are there any changes needed now? Just note right where you are, here at the end of November 2020.

It has been a tumultuous year for many. Losses, changes, shift as we've been letting go of the old ways and incorporating new ways of living, connecting and being. There is always going to be suffering, worrying, anticipating…”All of this,” spiritual teacher, Ram Dass advised, “is part of the process of being human. Let your sufferings and fears and anxieties just be — don’t deny them or get lost in them. Just allow whatever you are experiencing to be grist for the mill of your awakening."

Visionary philosopher, Rumi, the revered 13th-century Persian poet wrote,

The Guest House. Its core message is to be with whatever life brings. Whether it comes in the form of a joy or a great difficulty, greet it -- without fear or loathing, and watch as you become wiser, kinder and more compassionate to yourself and others.

The Guest House

Translated by Coleman Barks

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.

And it follows, that faith, even a mustard seed worth --

helps clear the way for something new to be birthed.

Rumi wrote, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” If this year has been tough for you,remember that this too shall pass and You are the best company you can keep.

Work with everything life brings you to be your best self!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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