February 20, 2011

What is Within You

Think, dear sir, of the world you carry within you... be it remembrance of your own childhood or longing for your own future. Only be attentive to what is arising in you, and prize it above all that you perceive around you. What happens most deeply inside you is worthy of your whole love. Work with that and don't waste too much time and courage explaining it to other people.

Rome, December 23, 1903
Letters to a Young Poet


  1. Oh yes. This tells me to listen to that small, still voice. Be true to my Higher Self and quietly go about my business without fanfare.

  2. Great advice, here — working with what is inside of of oneself without the need to constantly justify it to other people. I'm also interested in this statement that what is most deeply inside of us is worthy of our whole love. That, I suspect, is a large order for most people.

  3. It seems to me there is a duality in thinking in regards to being in the moment, as I think Rilke refers to here. There is a focusing in on the now, but then there is also a letting go of control and even dissection (perhaps) and allowing the authentic self to be, to experience. I've been racking my nut over this for years. I can't figure out how exactly to be present like this, holding on and letting go at the same time.


  4. "Work with that and don't waste too much time and courage explaining it to other people.." i love how independant Rilke's thinking was - in a time when it was even more important than nowadays to please everybody

  5. Listening to that voice requires time alone. To ask ourselves questions. Time to reflect, to listen, to remember. How many of us give ourselves that time without turning on the radio, without switching to our favorite TV program, without grabbing a book to read and become immersed?

    This is a great reminder that we have riches inside us which we need to haul out and examine regularly.


"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Go ahead, bloom recklessly!