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'Be patient' - The poem that teaches us one of the Mindfulness pillars

We are often eager to get quickly to the next important event in our lives and therefore miss the present moment.

Cultivating patience is a kind of recognition that things mature with their time.

Rainer Maria Rilke, born René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, is one of the most important German-speaking poets of the twentieth century, he was born in Prague on December 4, 1875 and died in Montreux on December 29, 1926.

The deepest meaning of the poem "Be patient" is the ability to listen and cultivate patience, putting oneself in a position to accept events that are not revealed immediately, that do not have an immediate response or more simply of which the meaning is not immediately understood; it teaches that it will be the future that brings clarity and in the meantime teaches to enjoy life, the present moment, trying to achieve the possible things and leave behind the impossible, the unanswered questions that torment.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and...

try to love the questions themselves,

like locked rooms and like books that are now written

in a very foreign tongue.

Do not now seek the answers, which 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 then gradually, without noticing it,

live along some distant day into the answer.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


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