Kathleen Raine

The Endurance of Rock ~ Letting Go and Surrender

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Having always held to the idea of Rock as so exquisitely expressed by Kathleen Raine in 1951:

“There is stone in me that knows stone,
Whose sole state is stasis
While the slow circle of the stars whirls a world of rock
Through light-years where in nightmare I fall crying
‘Must I travel fathomless distance for ever and ever?’
All that is in me of the rock, replies
‘For ever, if it must be: be, and be still; endure.’ “

(from “Rock”, 1951)

I have come closer to the state of being of surrender and letting go, which for me has been an act of courage:

The 13th century Sufi poet Rumi uses a wonderful metaphor to bring this to life:

“Very little grows on jagged rock.

Be ground. Be crumbled,

so wildflowers will come up

where you are.

You’ve been stony for too many years.

Try something different.

Surrender.”

Indeed I am ground, I am crumbled.

Image from Wikipedia: The Red Disa which grows on Table Mountain – Disa uniflora blooms along the Aqueduct on the Back Table behind Table Mountain, Western Cape, South Africa

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“This too Shall Pass” | Endure

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I would like to share with you the significance of this proverb for me, which may be helpful for you. In all things and in all difficulties, this simple proverb can really help one to be still. To be in the moment. No matter what the experience, whether pain or pleasure, it enhances the quality of one’s life to keep this in mind. It has the potential to bring profound change, simply knowing pain or difficulty will pass, (really knowing), pleasure too will pass and therefore needs to be truly savored. All things are impermanent. Let things be, be mindful of their qualities, accept. Be, be still. I can think here of the words of Kathleen Raine in Rock:

“There is stone in me that knows stone

Whose sole state is stasis,

While the slow cycle of the stars whirls a world of rock

Through light-years where in nightmare I fall crying

‘Must I travel fathomless distance for ever and ever?’

All that is in me of the rock replies,

‘For ever, if it must be; be, and be still; endure’.”

Image purchased at Creative Market.