I am a huge Coldplay fan and love the lyrics in so many of the songs. Kaleidoscope, which is on the most recent album, has been a favourite for some months. Part of the poem that is read at the start hits me every time I hear it...
This being human is a guesthouse
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.
After doing a bit of searching I found that it is in fact a poem by Rumi called The Guest House, which in itself blew my away. If you haven't heard of Rumi, he was a 13th-century poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic. My world has been enriched greatly in the last 3 years by Sufism with my increasing interest in spirituality, so it was very fitting that the words I fell in love with would be from one of, if not the most popular spiritual poet in the world.
What does the poem or lyrics mean to me and why have they impacted me so much?
I've seen that our experience of life is a spiritual one. I know for sure that we are not our bodies as every cell in your body is replaced within 7 years. I am more intrigued as each day, week, month goes by to see that we are so much more than the 'guesthouse' of our bodies.
Whether we wake each day feeling good or bad, the truth is that this never comes from anything than our than thought in the moment. When we start to label feelings good or bad we are not seeing the beauty of how we are meant to experience life. All the range of emotions and states of being are to be accepted and honoured. I love how Rumi describes them as "..an unexpected visitor." Our thoughts are exactly that. As much as personal development experts may tell us that the trick is to control your thoughts, that is actually pretty impossible and really missing the point. It is not about what thoughts we have, but those that we decide to take seriously and place action behind.
What is so amazing about being human is that we get to experience the whole rainbow of what it means to be alive.