Monday, August 2, 2010

Live the Questions

There is a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke that I keep near my desk.  When I stray it brings me clearly back to the journey - and the journey itself is where I am, and where it's at, in times of ease or struggle.

Take a minute and see what his words mean for you...and may you find some grace in them.
i beg you...
to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart 
and 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 you now because you would not be able 
to live them.

and the point is to live everything.

live the questions now.
perhaps then, someday far in the future, 
you will gradually, without even noticing it, 
live your way into the answer...

blessings and namaste


~t~ said...

Beautiful and welcome reminder, Gael. Thank you.

JoAnna Brandi said...

And as we journey there will always be more questions. Yes Gael, a great reminder.

I've had a troubling week so far and escaped with a walk at the beach where instead of the judgments and recriminations that wanted to come (as a result, believe it or not, from an ongoing horrendous customer experience with At&T, not actually some life threatening situation!) I was able to breathe and let go. It's then the questions came.

What does it really mean to be conscious?

What responsibility does that give me?

What can I learn from this?

What can I teach others from this?

From there more questions that drew me even deeper into thought and then a sweet thought about a dip in the ocean - an inflatable raft that suddenly appeared and a simpler question that didn't materialize in my brain but showed in my obvious joy - "How did I get so lucky? It was at that point that the stress of the last 11 days melted into the experience of floating on the waves just wondering when the next wave would wash over.

How does it get any better than this?

Blessings to you and many thanks always for your love and inspiration.