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Well, I think that means the dark parts in me, that are not easy to look at. And I assume and hope that when I do face and deal with the feelings of anger and hurt, I hope there is relief and joy at the other end of the tunnel. That is my hope in the situation I am working on n my life now.
Light and Darkness have business with each other. They’re cousins, they dance, and one does not exist without the other. This is a jarring and difficult concept for some to accept. But Light, even spiritual Light, shines brightest through Darkness.
Every year, I have asked for a word or phrase to help me in the new year. In 2022, the word phrase was “Look for the light”. That has helped me in this challenging year. When things look dark or challenging, I look for the Light. It has made a difference for me.
A very happy new year if I get too busy and am not on before New Years Day.
and the same to you Mary Pat. Interested to see what your 2023 word will be:)
Find back to trust, like some have mentioned already. In a way I feel that it is possible to actively decide for trust and so for light in my mind also, something I can decide to go for even in the darkest spots. Similar to whether I decide for friendship and not for jealousy when meeting with another seemingly being more fortunate, more pretty, more loved.
I have found the concept of trusting the path to be the most direct way for me to face the darkness. Rather than letting it consume me, I focus on letting it wash over me. At times, in doing this, the light forward may become obscured. Having faith and trusting the process helps me in those moments. Reaching out in the void for a familiar hand or even ANY hand will get me moving forward once again.
Chris, So true! I truly believe life is process not product and Life is trustworthy when you are willing to roll with the punches!
Bringing my own light with me, and the light of friends and family.
Face it? Turn away? I usually run right into it and disappear as it consumes my entire being! No idea nothing seems to help at this point lol.
As EJP has shared, an awareness that I am not alone helps me during times of doubt, fear, confusion, self-judgement…..which I think can be considered times of “darkness”. The love of my family. The truth that I am the Beloved.
I will admit that while in the thick of the dark, it is challenging to remember all of the above!
I appreciate all of your thoughtful responses.
By using the meditation method of letting go of whatever comes up and seeing it as what it is I am able to face whatever comes up. The Truth is here always and is inside me. I am grateful for this moment and the quote of the day shows us that we are this Truth.
I have been here 4-5 times today and this question still does not compute with me. Not sure what is meant by the dark. I appreciate what others have offered, though.
Good morning friend Pilgrim. Sometimes just reading what others have shared is enough.
I hope you had a most blessed Christmas….I wonder what the new year has in store for us?
Sending love and light to you on this Prayer Tuesday. 🙏
Thank you, my friend. We managed to celebrate Christmas with the whole family in the middle of the Polar Vortex, which was surely a most blessed Christmas. I am grateful to my son-in-law for coming to clean the path out of here and drive to their home each day. Today the sun is really trying to break through the cloud cover. Hallelujah!
Sending light and love to you, as well. May the new year offer you good surprises and many blessings!
You have never experienced darkness? Is means many different things- can be pain, suffering and judgmental expectations etc. Maybe this helps ? Loss, sadness, worry, grief, despair, etc
For me, it comes down to the word: willingness. How does one do that? How does one BE willing? St. Paul says to pray unceasingly and I can only do that if I live in the present moment. If I’m in the past or the future, I go there alone. The strength I need is now here. So whenever the darkness that comes into every one’s life presents itself, I pray for willingness and wisdom and do my best to be present to it. Resistance is a waste of energy. All of life is about learning to let go and let be. As Shakespeare wrote, “To BE or not to BE, that is the question!” As Laura said quoting Robert Frost: “The best way out is always through.”
A line from Robert Frost: The best way out is always through.
I find that a good flashlight always helps :-). If by darkness, you mean, the ultimate darkness, mortality. What helps me is acceptance. I’ve seen death and I’ve been close to it myself more than once. I’ve also turned away from it, or should I say, the process of it. I hope I am passed that and can be there more completely for others during that journey. Thinking about it now, I realize that I’m not so afraid of it for myself, but it’s hard to watch others go through it. Not sure what that says about me.
Wanting to be here for someone else is what I used to think. Now as I struggle through recovery, I am really not sure. Maybe the moments that are better, hoping there will be more of them.
It’s good to have you back, Rabbit. I hope each day will provide more healing for you.
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