The darkest part of the year is here, in the Northern Hemisphere at least.
It’s Dark and Cold.
Admittedly this is not my favorite season.
I forget about this time during the glorious warm, sunlit seasons that seem to go on forever.
I have met a handful of folks who love winter.
Are you one of them?
Or are you dreaming of warm, sunny escapes like me?
Letting go of the outward communion with nature’s fauna and flora I find quite challenging. At least it’s gradual. Nature is kind.
It’s so QUIET outside. The songbirds are long gone. The bull frogs in my pond have stopped singing. The cicadas and crickets have disappeared. Occasionally, I hear the lone call of a Red Tailed Hawk as she plays with the wind currents.
It’s also COLORLESS. The bright, cheery flowers are gone. The Maples and Birches and Oaks have shed their leaves and now stand naked and proud, silhouetted against the darkening sky.
Despite my dislike of this winter season, I have been hearing a new voice this year:
“Befriend the Darkness”
“In order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite of it will appear. “It is a great gift,” God said, “because without it, you could not know what anything is like.” “You could not know warm without cold, up without down, fast without slow.” “And so, “ God concluded. “When you are surrounded with darkness, do not shake your fist and raise your voice and curse the darkness. Rather be a Light unto the Darkness and don’t be mad about it. Then you will know who you Really Are.” The Little Soul and The Sun by Neale David Walsch
Would you like to join me for a walk in the dark?
I’ve been practicing!
Stepping out into the night. No flashlight. No IPhone.
And do you know what?
I’m actually enjoying getting to know this new friend!
She’s becoming a beautiful and powerful ally. When I allow her in, she reveals to me, bit by bit, those lost treasures of heart and soul that await my discovery.
Wherever you are on Planet Earth, I invite you to join me for a few minutes.