Live the Questions Now

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves.
Do not seek the answers that cannot be given you
Because you would not be able to live them
And the point is to live everything
Live the questions now
Perhaps you will gradually without noticing it
Live along some distant day into the answers.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

I’ve loved this quote for almost four decades now and it has informed my practice for many years. Mind demands certainty and answers and it is certainly suffering not to have them. And yet, we can never be certain. The truth of our experience is provisional, not absolute, and always subject to new information.

In my experience, the practice has worked just this way: If I can accept the questions, one day I notice that I have lived “into the answers.”

Posted by Deb.