There is a beautiful poem called The Guest House by the Sufi mystic Rumi:
This widely-known version is lovely and Coleman Barks is arguably the most respected translator of Rumi’s works, but there is another translation that has always stayed with me. Rather than the sorrows violently sweeping your house empty, the phrasing is instead:
Embrace sorrowful thoughts for they sweep the house of your heart clean”
This image of sweeping the heart clean stays with me as a meditation practice I often turn to when I’m feeling stuck or edgy. I invite you to try this when you feel you need a little more space or a little more grounding in order to connect with yourself more deeply. Creating a sense of space and clearing out the old allows us to make room to invite in more of what we want in life.
Sitting in a quiet space, imagine sweeping the house of your heart clean. Visualize the hearth or doorway of your heart’s house and picture yourself sweeping gently but thoroughly, removing any debris or dirt, clearing the space so it is open and clean. Stay with the feeling of spaciousness this creates.
When you are ready, move your attention to your foundation at the base of your spine (or the first chakra). Use the same visualization here, imagining yourself sweeping the house of your foundation clean. Stay with the feeling of openness once it feels cleared.
Finally, move your attention to the middle of your belly. This is the source of your power, your core strength. Imagine sweeping the house of your strength clean, then stay with the sense of spaciousness there.
Use this sense of openness, of cleaning out the debris you no longer need, to make room for what you really want in your life. After this meditation I often like to focus on what I want to invite in, what I want more of, now that I have made some room.
I hope this brings you some space in your busy life and as always I’d love to hear what you think!