Meditation Stories: All Emotions Have Purpose

In this story, Mr. Diddlydoo is upset with his cousin, Mr. Muddlebug. Feeling bad feels bad to Mr. Diddlydoo. In comes Spiritus to help Mr. Diddlydoo process his feelings by traveling back to the 13th century to meet a poet named Rumi. Check out the adventure and figure out what Mr. Diddlydoo and Rumi discover together about the power of emotions.

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 are 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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

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