Posts Tagged ‘sadness’

As the Rose of the Soul Unfoldeth

October 13, 2011

Nobly enduring suffering bestows wisdom; and wisdom provides insight into the value and the necessity of suffering.

God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
Aeschylus

Conversely, drowning in self-pity defeats the purpose of your suffering and brings (more…)

Do Not Surrender Your Grief So Quickly

October 12, 2011

When life deals you a particularly heavy blow, allow the energy of your suffering to descend upon you, to seep into your emotional pores as surely as water overtakes a sponge, for suffering is as purposeful as it is unstoppable.

That is why the sadness passes: the new presence inside us, the presence that has been added, has entered our heart, has gone into its innermost chamber and is no longer even there, is already in our bloodstream. And we don’t know what it was. We could easily be made to believe that nothing happened, and yet we have changed, as a house that a guest has entered changes. We can’t say who has come, perhaps we will never know, but many signs indicate that the future enters us in this way in order to be transformed in us, long before it happens.
Rainer Maria Rilke

When your suffering has washed (more…)

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…)