Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hexagram 37 -- INTIMATE BONDS


To all that is used-up, and to all the muffled and dumb
creatures in the world’s full reserve, the unsayable sums,
joyfully add yourself, and cancel the count.



(Rainer Maria Rilke, “Sonnets to Orpheus”, II:13, trans. Stephen Mitchell)




Unmuffle yourself; come close to the hearth. Come into the circle of home.





6 comments:

Jan said...

Oh, this is so beautiful and true. Thank you.

It reminds me of a quote I used for meditation in the Wisdom Class on Tuesday:

"Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime 'let out all the length of all the reins'."
~~ Mary Cholmondeley
English Author(1859-1925)

Jaliya said...

Beautiful quote, Jan ... Thanks. I'm reminded right now of Keith Olbermann's "Special Comment" show of October 7 -- on the health-care issue -- "...the waste of life lies in the relief of suffering we have not given ... "

Even though I live in Canada, I'm feeling the crunch of insurance-overlorded health care ... or lack thereof. My husband went to our pharmacy two days ago to pick up a regular prescription for me ... and was told that my Rx coverage had been terminated. I've been trying to get a straight answer and so far, nothing ...

Jan said...

How have things worked out for your prescriptions getting refilled?

Jaliya said...

Jan -- don't know yet re: the Rx ... Tomorrow's a stat holiday for us so I'll be back on the phone Tuesday ...

Thanks for asking about it ... xo

Renee said...

I always feel your warmth dear friend, even when I'm cold.

xoxox

Jaliya said...

Friends ... I feel your warmth too. The written word is such a balm ... Can we experience an intimate bond with a book, a poem, a quotation? ... Yes, I think ...

Rx SNAFU sorted out -- all's OK. Whew!

xoxo

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