Wednesday, February 3, 2010 the the meaning...

I keep re-reading Rilke lately and have typed up some of his offerings to share with you.  Hope you enjoy and are inspired, perhaps even comforted by his words too.  This selection is from a translation by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.

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  1. I've been fascinated with the concept of mystery lately. I recently ran into a quote (Rilke, I believe) about learning to love the question. Thank you for this lovely post, Bonnie.

  2. "If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine."
    Paradoxically, pain and suffering can truly open our hearts to kindness. So often I see so very much suffering all around me. It just tears my heart wide open and the sadness at the suffering just melts to tenderness and love.

  3. thanks for the peace this meditation brought me this morning.

  4. Absolutely fabulous words!

  5. Beautiful hon...I loved this..need to hear that daily..the reminder! Hugs to you hon..hope all is well with you!
    Namaste, Sarah

  6. What can I say other than that I am so very glad that Rilke means so much to you. Thank you, Bonnie.

  7. Hi-
    Beautriful words upon which to reflect. "Thank you..." As I have written, I am feeling a shift all aroundme on many levels. I am standing as firmy as I can. And today, a dear friend came to visit - he is in a wheel chair - he was my intern at work - he has M S too. We talked about our disease, and I said, ">>>>>>damn disease"!! He said, "If I didn't get M S I never would have met you"!!! If that isn't water to wine, lemons to lemonade, tragedy to triumph and so forth, wow, huh? WHen he as diagnosed he switched careers from mechanics to counseling and went to school for it and ended up at my place of work with me as his internship supervisor. I was so humbled by his words to me, humbled indeed.

    Love Gail

  8. Love this post. I flow. I am.

  9. Great post! I can appreciate what Dan wrote about suffering. It would make suffering more "tolerable" thinking that is brought kindness as a result...


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