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Remembering that darkness holds everything, and can be a protection
Remembering that darkness shows the way to candlelight
Remembering that the tree offers shade in blistering heat and that in these troubled times we need shade and a reminder that, like the tree, our roots are in the earth and the sky
Remembering that the moon held in darkness but recieving light, offers moonlight and enables us to look directly and see two worlds as one (light/dark)
Remembering a setting sun is possible to see.
Remembering this life was possible through nourishment of darkness whilst in the womb
Remembering that sleep supports deep rest and knowing how well i sleep when under ‘dark’ skies.
Remembering i tend naturally to sleep as it gets dark and to wake as sun rises
Remembering how in the evening switching lights on often results in a sudden fall away of how much i can see
Remembering that what you turn away from turns to meet you.
Knowing that what helps all navigation through dark and bright times alike, day and night times alike, is a ‘light’ a clarity that can see through both, a presence of heart a heart present with love
the knowledge that you are never alone, someone is always with you, even if you can’t physically see them
WHAT HELPS ME NAVIGATE THE DARK RATHER THAN TURN AWAY FROM IT?
Focusing on being peaceful. I have noticed that if I focus on the darkness or the concern I activate my nervous response therefore I focus on the light vs the dark. I think of life and all of its beauties and blessings. My focal point becomes gratitude and peace. Concentrating on a peaceful life and way of being allows me to respectfully engage or navigate in “dark” circumstances/energies.
4-2-5 Breathe techq. also allows me to calm my nervous system down. Meditating and yoga have a great impact on keeping me peaceful and calm.
I just stay calm and do whatever I need to do.
Me too, Drew, thanks.
Navigate? Not only navigate, but go to battle with it.
A rebellious independence and its deep dislike of being controlled and the controllers who want to contain. Plus, a very Autistic sense of justice that is wired to advocate for the underdog, eventually also myself.
A high-school teacher trying to find a niche for the 14-year-old me put my “Bushman’s lawyer” being on the debating team and in the student union. Channel the argumentativeness, he reasoned. Turn so-called weaknesses into super powers. Monster on the move finally moved on out to educate herself and change the world with love!
Decades on, it’s turned out to be a bigger job than I first imagined, ha! Oh, well, I putter along because I’m stubborn! But, the dark nights of my soul still haunt, threaten to extinguish its embers, and I must overcome lest I be overcome. Recognized and faced being the first step.
We (naturally) look at the stars – drawn to the light like moths. But if I choose, I see the abundant darkness and nothingness upon which the stars fly. The joy and love permeates everything and nothing.
I see both dark and light in the universe, so I can expect them both to be part of who I am. This was particularly difficult when I began to face chronic pain. But I found as I turned toward it and embraced that part of me, the pain lost much of its power over me. It taught me loving kindness toward myself and others.
The belief that the dark is just a part of what is real. Darkness doesn’t always last forever.
While I personally push back against the term “dark” for hard times in life (as this can subconsciously reinforce racist assumptions), I will say that there are things that help me navigate through hard times in life. One of the things that helps me most is looking back on similar difficult times and remembering how I overcame them. By looking to the difficult times I have already overcome, I have a map for when something similar occurs in the future.
The faith that I’ve been there before and the dark always becomes the light at some point. Anything in life is tolerable because it’s all only temporary. I fall back to memories of love and a good life.
I love darkness – it brings balance to our lives. I’ve written a couple versions of an essay, ‘In praise of darkness.’ It’s so lopsided to say, ‘We are children of the light’ …
I love darkness – made me think of vampires, lol.
Although it sometimes is really difficult, to keep faith and hope in heart, to believe in His Love always, which always was and always will be, no matter what at all. And as well, what I learned here and through daily practice, to be grateful, no matter what. This gives me hope, and encourages me to love no matter what. And even if I failed to love, which I slowly believe I am an expert in… , to connect with this inner Light deep inside, which will never cease to shine and His all encompassing Love, which is always present and true beyond time and space, and which connects us all, this holds me, warms me when I feel almost lost in the dark and guides me, To allow this, to give space to this no matter what.
My faith & trust in a higher power. Faith over Fear. 🙏
The thought that I’ve survived so far and will eventually overcome whatever darkness/challenge I am facing right now. For I believe that if I don’t experience any challenges I won’t be able to see the light and appreciate myself more.
The stars — those tiny specks of light that guided explorers in the past. That image helps me metaphorically but the most practical behavior I use is to take a long walk.
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