Being a Guest House
I love this poem by Rumi as he encourages us to feel the broken-open heart that welcomes all emotions into your very own B&B.
The Guest House by Rumi
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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
You have more control over your body than you do over your thoughts and emotions. Your movements have the potential to influence your emotions by cleansing heavy stagnant energy, circulating more flow, and allowing you to tap back into your pleasure.
I invite you to read the following before you do today's video, the Shadow Dance.
After dancing, take a deep breath and ask yourself if there is any inner wisdom that wants to come forward. Sit quietly and be receptive. Start the dialogue by asking and trust that whatever you hear or don’t hear is the perfect message.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you were swept up in the intensity of your emotions? It can feel like the force of a rip current pulling you out from your proverbial shore.
Of course you have.
We all have.
What do you do in those moments? Do you collapse into your wounds? Do you repress them? Do you sit on a therapist’s couch or call a friend? What is your default way of dealing with life’s challenging moments?
This exercise is designed to offer you an opportunity to move your body as a way to process and honor any emotions that are present for you.
When the feeling comes in, move with it as if it is your new dance partner, someone you may have never met before, someone you may never meet again, and dance this dance.
Notice every breath you take and stay mentally relaxed as you honor the emotion you are feeling, not collapsing into it like a child. Be conscious to honor the wound and honor your current self, the wise woman, who trusts her heart to be big enough to hold the truth of this hurt with the resilience of your spirit.
As you move, stay relaxed and focus on your breath going in and out.
Allow each moment to organically evolve.
Release any tendencies to judge, analyze, plan or "figure it out.”
Did you experience that while consciously dancing with this situation you were able to understand it better?
Did anything become more clear to you?
Did you receive any pearls of wisdom from your body’s intuitive voice? What were they?
Do you think you would remember to dance the next time you were feeling overwhelmed or in need of some guidance?
It is natural and normal to feel tender or triggered after a Shadow Dance, so be gentle with yourself. If you'd like to move the energy you just experienced, go back to Day One or put on a song and do a few minutes of shaking. This is also a great way to practice using shaking as a way to quickly move energy during life's intense moments. It also helps you feel the way your body truly is a guest house, and that emotions are like guests - after a brief stay, they leave!