To cheer up my spiritual friends :-) Oct 3, 2013 22:39:07 GMT
Post by donq on Oct 3, 2013 22:39:07 GMT
I was late and missed the chat room tonight so I will post something here for my friends there instead.
I was thinking about how can we cheer ourselves up from any burden daily things, both physical and/or mental one. Below are some of my favorite quotes and I hope you’ll like them, too.
Nightfall. Clouds scatter and vanish.
The sky is pure and cold.
Silently the River of Heaven turns in the Jade Vault.
If tonight I do not enjoy life to the full,
Next month, next year, who knows where I will be?
(Su Tung Po’s poem, translated by Kenneth Rexroth)
I WOKE and found his letter with the morning.
I do not know what it says, for I cannot read.
I shall leave the wise man alone with his books, I shall not trouble him,
for who knows if he can read what the letter says.
Let me hold it to my forehead and press it to my heart.
When the night grows still and stars come out one by one I will spread it on my lap and stay silent.
The rustling leaves will read it aloud to me, the rushing stream will chant it, and the seven wise stars will sing it to me from the sky.
I cannot find what I seek, I cannot understand what I would learn; but this unread letter has lightened my burdens and turned my thoughts into songs.
(Fruit-Gathering, by Rabindranath Tagore)
The precious diamond must be cut in order to show its luster.
The sweet incense must be burned in order to inhale its fragrance.
Adversity is like the periods of rain—cold, comfortless, unfriendly, yet from such seasons the flower and their fruit leave their birth.
Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be seen from the top of a mountain…
Adversity has the effect of exciting talents which prosperity would permit to lie dormant.
Prosperity is a great teacher, adversity is a greater one.
Possession pampers the mind, privation trains and strengthens it.
So you mustn’t be frightened…if a sadness rises in front of you, larger than any you have ever seen; if an anxiety, like light and cloud-shadows, moves over your hands and over everything you do. You must realize that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you?
Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.
In you…so much is happening now; you must be patient like someone who is sick, and confident like someone who is recovering; for perhaps you are both. And more: you are also the doctor, who has to watch over himself. But in every sickness there are many days when the doctor can do nothing but wait. And that is what you, insofar as you are your own doctor, must now do, more than anything else.
From Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke