Sunday, November 22, 2020

lightly, lightly

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. 

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig
Lightly, lightly
 – it’s the best advice ever given me. 
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, 
or portentous, or emphatic. 
No rhetoric, no tremolos, 
no self conscious persona 
putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. 
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. 
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. 

So throw away your baggage and go forward. 
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, 
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. 
That’s why you must walk so lightly. 
Lightly my darling, 
on tiptoes and no luggage, 
not even a sponge bag, 
completely unencumbered.

~ Aldous Huxley
from Island


Anonymous said...

"Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me."

I love it. Thank you so much. Good night ... M.

Anonymous said...

I don't come here very often, but when I do, it's because I am seeking something.. and I always find balm for the soul sprinkled with beauty and quiet. A place to rest and take it in.

I especially loved this one.. Lightly, lightly.. my soul skipped a beat! :-)

Please keep doing what you are doing--it matters, it makes a difference!

Wishing you love and light.

Marja said...

I love this one. Beauty and wisdom and a lesson I need to walk lightly :
Thanks for your wonderful blog

jacquin said...

My mother is dying. I haven't here visited for a while but it always feeds my heart, thank you _/|\_

Mystic Meandering said...

Yes - please keep doing what you are doing here - "your" voice is important. It's all part of the greater symphony. You always seem to post what I need to hear as well. And I thank you... _/\_ This one by Huxley is one of my favorites these days...

Unknown said...

Stunning. This blog is truly a gift.