Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower By Rainer Maria Rilke: Reading and Meditation

March 3, 2021  • Brianna Curran

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The word resilience comes from the Latin word “to rebound.” In Rilke’s poem, he paints an imagery of a solitary bell tower, with ourselves each a bell standing alone. “What batters you becomes your strength,” he writes, “Move back and forth into the change.” To be resilient means to be capable of withstanding shock and change, to recover and adapt with the everflowing tides. What does resilience look like in your life? How do you find transformation in difficult times? What difficulties have become your strengths? When the world ceases to hear you, how do you reassert yourself with the affirmation, “I am”?

Brianna Curran

Washington, DC

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