Life is defined as the presence of energy in its many intricate and brilliantly complex forms. I am just a traveler and observer here, carving out and exploring the many beautiful ways in which to live my life to its fullest.
Without question, this is the darkest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere as the sun is currently positioned lowest on the horizon. Winter is now here and I am reveling in the fact that I am sitting here with a very hot cup of coffee, my two dogs napping on either side of me, and am looking out at the quiet blanket of snow in my back yard and garden. Would this be Summer, I would be skittering about in the garden at the early hour pulling weeds and doing my best not to disturb the baby bunny burrows around the property while rejoicing in the Yang energy of the warm sunshine.
It is the Yin energy of Winter I am embracing this morning.
Morning is an incredibly sacred time for me and I find the need for at least one hour for myself in the darkness and the complete silence with just my thoughts and the fresh air…yes, even this time of year I spend that first hour in meditation and prayer outside unless the weather is really too cold or wet to bear. I prefer to connect at this time of the day because my mind is alert and my thoughts are clear (ask my husband ~ I become a zombie after 9:00 at night)! In the darkness I am less distracted visually by what is around me. It provides a backdrop for reflection, for gratitude, and for asking that the day to go smoothly for myself and those around me.
Traditionally, darkness is seen as the welcome keeper of ancient mysteries, as the shifting cycles of the moon (did anyone see the eclipse last night…WOW!) dictate the course of tides of the waters of the world and of women’s cycles. There is great strength in the mysteries of the darkness, especially when we connect with our own. Do not misunderstand me as I do not refer to evil or malice intent. I refer to the wisdom gleaned from dipping within the depths of our being. It is vital for us, in today’s hurried world, to access the wisdom to remain grounded and to live from our truest selves.
On this darkest day of the year I invite you to reflect on the year which is about to come to a close and to see what will be created in the year to come. I offer you two passages to reflect upon below. The first comes from Genesis within the Old Testament, and the other is the first verse of the Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell: two very different, but very similar thoughts about mystery, creation, and the potential of the unknown.
1)In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2)The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3)Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4)And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5)God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternal real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
I send many blessings to you for a wonderful holiday season. Until next time, I offer these words of wisdom for better or for worse. Please take them with a grain of salt, for we each live our own individual truths. Our mission while we are here is to understand, accept, and celebrate that one very simple, but incredibly significant fact. For all this I am so incredibly grateful.