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Week 1 Introduction


THE GUEST HOUSE


This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, 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.


WEEK 1: HOME PRACTICE ASSIGNMENTS


1. Listen to the Body Scan CD at least 6 days this week.


2. Do the nine dots puzzle. 3. Eat at least one meal mindfully this week. 4. Take 3 conscious breaths x 3 times per day


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.


~ Rumi The Essential Rumi (Translated by Coleman Barks)


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