Quotes, Poems, and Essays


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’re a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be cleaning 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 the beyond.

~ Rumi

Rumi

Louie Schwartzberg

Some people live in an world of nostalgia: ‘things were much better back then.’  And others focus on what they perceive was wrongs done to them. They hang on to resentment for years.

Holding a grudge takes energy.  With attention or energy locked up in the past you don’t have any left over to take care of the present.

When I’m focused on one magical moment of nature everything else disappears.  I notice my heart begins to open up.  My energy soars and I feel light, optimistic, and grateful.

Each day is a precious blessing to be enjoyed.

We always have a choice.

When we find ourselves in a place doing something that makes us unhappy, we have options.  We can remove ourselves from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.  I have the ultimate power over my life provided I follow my heart.

Stay present, in this moment all is well.  Stay focused. There’s enough Divine plan working through all of us.

Stay grateful.  The Living Universe is offering its gifts to you day by day, moment to moment.  And as you move through your day be mindful of your thoughts.  Should the slightest doubt arise, stop what you’re doing, take a breath, and take a brief time to say: ‘I give thanks to the Living Universe by focusing on my passion and sharing it with the world.’

~ Louie Schwartzberg