As I mentioned before, I will be sharing excerpts and quotes that have been helpful to me in rough patches. Feel free to share your own. This passage is from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. I came across it in The Mindful Way Through Depression.
How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races–the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises before you larger than any you’ve ever seen, if an anxiety like light and cloud shadows moves over your hands and everything that you do. You must realize that something has happened to you; that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hands and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depression? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you. –Rainer Maria Rilke
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