Lightly child, lightly.

I exist.
It’s sweet,
so sweet, so slow.
And light:
you’d think it floated all by itself.
It stirs.
It brushes by me,
melts and vanishes.
Gently, gently.

— Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea


  • Photo:  Nima Chaichi. Quote: Hidden Sanctuary
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  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. I’ve read that excerpt before but do not know from which Aldous Huxley work it stems. It always strikes me as poignant and haunting. As if it is a whisper to the child I once was trying to reach back to the days when in might have helped me fight against my confusion with the world. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Interesting…

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  3. What is that? I just have to know.

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    • Seek, and you will find.

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      • Rilke’s most famous passages onto the inside cover: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Go, it seemed to say. Fling yourself at the unknown. Go where you’re invited, and keep going.

        ~ Rachel Corbett, You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin” (W. W. Norton & Company; September 6, 2016)


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