Posts Tagged ‘Rainer Maria Rilke’

Rainer Maria Rilke on Finding Meaning in Sadness

October 14, 2009
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Rainer Maria Rilke

As I was reading these excerpts in Letters to a Young Poet by  Rainier Maria Rilke, my instincts kept poking me in the ribs, insisting that Rilke’s ruminations on sadness (which, I believe, can be extended to clinical depression) are far too insightful and important not to be given new life in the world.

I hope you find the following excerpts meaningful. They are taken from a 1984 version of Letters to a Young Poet that was translated by Stephen Mitchell.


But please, ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven’t rather gone right through you. Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.

If only it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a little beyond (more…)

Relish Today, Be Excited for Tomorrow!

January 2, 2009

starsThe quest for enlightenment is a wonderfully exciting journey. The more consciously you live, the sweeter life becomes.

Ironically, as you expand the scope of your awareness, the scope of your non-awareness expands as well. You glimpse the vastness of how much there is to know and humbly realize how little of it you comprehend.

If answers to crucial questions continue to elude you, do not despair. Rather, be excited that there is so much yet to learn!

I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try and love the questions themselves as if (more…)

No Arms, No Legs, No Limits

November 9, 2008

There are always those who walk among us who inspire the world simply by making the best of whatever life has thrown at them. Nick Vujicic is such a man. May your day be (more…)