Heading Into The Darkness
I’ve been reading Waking Up To The Dark, Ancient Wisdom For A Sleepless Age by Clark Strand. Mr. Strand is a former Buddhist monk who gets up in the night and walks through his rural neighborhood in upstate NY. His answer to that question about what we are missing, is that in the dark of night we find our souls. He suggests that the ambient light and light filled distractions keep us from knowing our deepest selves.
Now I’m not about to go walking around my urban paradise in the middle of the night! However, I am drawn to getting to know darkness and myself in a new way this solstice season. So I’m trying an experiment. Each evening when I arrive home or sunset arrives, I turn off the lights, TV, radio, and computers, and only use my phone if something urgent happens (it hasn’t). I don’t know how this will go, but so far I find myself welcoming the stillness of the dark.
What might it be like for you to experience more stillness and somewhere in the quietness of the dark, find a little more of your soul? As we approach the shortest day of the year, I invite you to acknowledge the lengthening nights, welcome the increasing dark, and in your own personal way encounter more of your deepest self.
With warm wishes that we treasure both light and dark,