Embrace Your Emotions

“This being human is a guest house.  Every morning a new arrival.  A joy, a depressionA 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 thoughts, 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.” -Rumi


Allowing all of your emotions to flow through you is both beautiful and a gift to yourself.  Embracing your hurt and pain gives birth to joy and sets you free!

What do these words by Rumi mean to you?


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    1. Oh Dana, I do LOVE Rumi! He is expressing that we are spirit in a human vessel and each emotion should be embraced for the gift of learning and evolution it has to offer. All…the dark and the light bring us a unique opportunity to grow as the beautiful lights we truly are! xoxo

    2. A beautiful quote Dana – and I must admit I am not always as welcoming to the depression as I am to the joy….. Hmmmm Perhaps it’s time for me to be a more gracious hostess and allow more space for those dark thoughts, the shame, the malice….. The judge much as I have tried to release her – still has negative feelings about these negative feelings! Such a paradox! Thank you for sharing!

    3. Twitter:
      Gorgeous quote – can’t believe I haven’t seen it before, but it was all new to me. It would also be new for me to welcome all emotions. I’m a big fan of slamming the door on those I don’t enjoy. But with your advice, I’ll try to keep the door open a tiny bit…and see how it goes. :-)

    4. Twitter:
      This reminds me of a time, the morning after my mother passed away, when I needed to visit the doctor before I could take the journey to share my final farewell. I remember sitting in the car, struggling to contain my grief, as the tears flowed. Then in a moment of clarity, it hit me. This is real. This is me. I’m in pain and I have to feel it. I NEED to feel it. In this moment, my primary concern can’t be whether someone else sees me cry. So I walked in the door and told them what I needed through my tears. I explained a little, just to make myself feel better, and can you imagine what I received in return? Compassion. True to your words, the gift was immense…even more so, it was just what I needed.

    5. Twitter:
      Interesting to find your post with Rumi’s quote today as I woke up this morning, started my day, and then found myself back under the covers. I kept thinking “why don’t I feel just right today?” However, I gave myself permission to rest and in time, found myself up and motivated.
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    6. Twitter:
      I love Rumi!

      This quote reminds me how important it is to be open to and feel ALL of your feelings. They are here to tell you something. In my world they are here to tell me if i ma in alignment with my true desire or not.
      When you resist your feelings you create all kinds of stuck energy /problems for yourself down along the line.
      I find that opening up and being willing to FEEL all of your feelings takes practice. As children we were easily overwhelmed by big feelings and created all kinds of avoidance tactics to protect ourselves from them. But as adults we are capable of moving so much more energy through us…and can handle the feelings that overwhelmed us when we were small. The trick is to let yourself feel your feelings without all the stories that our ego attaches to them that make us want to run and hide.

      Such a wonderful reminder to embrace our entire experience.

    7. Twitter:
      Must say that what he asks for is not easy. To meet my dark thoughts laughing takes some practice, I believe, but I know I have to. Thank you for sharing this, Dana!

    8. Helen Crosbie says:

      You should never fight your feelings! Yes the terrifying “animal headed goddesses” all deserve to be honoured. They may be feared and their gifts may not be pleasant lessons, but they are necessary and feelings are meant to be felt.
      Learning to honour and feel your feelings allows them to pass more quickly and with less trauma. Rumi has it spot on as usual!

    9. Twitter:
      Love the post!! It’s so true. You have to embrace ALL your feelings and once you do you’ll be set free!

    10. Twitter:
      What a great point. We can fool ourselves into spending too much time being in denial or pushing the emotions away. I’ve been in practice of acknowledging the emotions (usually land in my stomach) and letting them pass through me without acting on them (as much). It’s big a huge help in my personal life. I’ve learned to trust that I don’t have to bring every sensation into conversation.

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