Lightly Child, Lightly.

Everything wants to float.
And yet we move about like weights,
attaching ourselves to everything, in thrall to gravity…

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from “14,” Sonnets to Orpheus.


  • Photograph: Lori Vrba with ‘The Caretaker’s Balloon’ (via Newthom)
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • 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. floating sounds …. lovely 🙂

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  2. So true..yet why don’t we float more?

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  3. Ohmagosh, but this resonates at the moment (she says as she drags her ball and chain along…)

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  4. float

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  5. The weights, though heavy, feel safe and secure. And perhaps the uncertainty and the infinite vastness of floating, keep us trapped in our comfort zone. Either way, I’m going up….🎈🎈🎈🎈the view is so much better from up here Ha ✈️✈️

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  6. I’m a great lover of Rilke but haven’t come across this wonderful quote… the pic just makes this wish so well visible and I wd like to include that WE too would often wish to float a bit more and not be so downtrodden by the weight of our earthly load (misery/pain/probs/etc) IF only the gravity wasn’t so overwhelmingly strong 🙂

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  7. The older I get the more I am able to float. ☺☺

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  8. I’m floating. But feet on the ground. Takes a lot to weigh me down.


  9. montanalulu says:

    “Still, what I want in my life
    is to be willing
    to be dazzled—
    to cast aside the weight of facts

    and maybe even
    to float a little
    above this difficult world.
    I want to believe I am looking

    into the white fire of a great mystery.
    I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing—
    that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum
    of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.”
    ― Mary Oliver, House of Light

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  10. Just let go.

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  11. I’ve often said we are like those old boxes with filings in them where with a little pen you could make funny faces and such. The human dance.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    a reminder to meditate, to go beyond form…to be weight-less. always a relief!

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  13. ah, I have always felt in the fight or flight dialogue “float” is the unspoken option that I favor.

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