Saturday, September 11, 2010

Living the Questions, Now

A few days ago, I found this quote from Rainer Maria Rilke:
"I would like to beg you, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers." 
~ as quoted by U Jotika, in 'Snow in the Summer' ~ 
I needed that wisdom . . .  Rilke helped put a halt to my need to figure things out.

And now, a collage, fresh from the unconscious, with more questions:


Earlier, I went for a walk with the dog. Walking, I repeated to myself, "May I be at peace, may I be at ease, may I be happy . . . "

May all beings be at peace, may all beings be at ease, may all beings be happy. It is September 11th after all.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks you for sharing that quote, much needed here, too.

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  2. I certainly have put it to good use! :)

    much metta to you.

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  3. I did not know U Jotika, thanks it's a wonderful discovery.

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  4. Yes, U Jotika is a wonderful teacher, and I am very grateful to have found him. He is unfortunately not very accessible for direct teachings. He is also quite ill.

    Of course there are his recorded audiotalks, here:

    http://www.dhammadownload.com/SayaDaw-UJotika-mp3-english.htm

    and his books:

    http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/mapjourney6.pdf
    http://www.buddhanet.net/snow.htm

    Enjoy!

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  5. relaxing away from thinking into gentleness opens into fullness. abandon protective analysis.

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  6. Yes, loving kindness practice is so simple, and yet so powerful! One has to trust at first that it 'works' . . . This is where neuroscience can help with faith. I now understand loving kindness practice as a slow rewiring of our brain.

    From the head, down to the heart . . .

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