A day to embrace the darkness and emerge lighter.
As today is the shortest, and therefore the darkness day of the year, this winter solstice of 2020 finds us all with a deeper sense of inner gloom than in previous winter solstices. Most of you reading this, have likely suffered this year with more hardships and losses than you’ve ever experienced before. And while we can get hung up on this truth, here’s the thing… one of the deepest and strongest ways to grow…is by losing.
The word “losing” has so many meanings. Losing a loved one. Losing money. Losing a possession. Losing a thought.
And, today on this winter solstice, we lose sunlight. We lose warmth. We sit in the darkness of Mother Earth, for the longest period than any other day in 2020. At first thought, you can view this as negative or a bad thing. Get upset and wish this day away and think of thoughts to sunnier summer days of the year to come. But, if we do that, we miss out of this amazing opportunity that Mother Nature has provided us.
Today, is a day to sit within the darkness and to learn and grow from the losses. Ajahn Chah, a Thai Buddhist monk said:
“There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free.”
Today, sit with the darkness and face it. It may bring on feelings of uncomfortableness, sadness and fear but it is the only way to really fully embrace the light.