Darkness to Stillness

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” T.S. Eliot

As you may have noticed, the skies are darkening a lot earlier and the evenings are becoming much longer. Winter has set in.

In this time of darkness, the land has become more still and many animals, plants and birds that were vibrant with life a few short months ago have surrendered to a place of hibernation where they rest and rejuvenate.

Can we learn from nature? Can we take the opportunity at this time of darkness to quieten our activity, to come to stillness and to rest and rejuvenate?

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This week’s challenge is called Darkness to Stillness and invites us to use the darkened evenings as our support for our practice. For this week and the weeks that lead up to Winter Solstice on December 21st, I invite you to spend twenty to thirty minutes each evening by candlelight and with all devices and technological sounds shut off. With the use of the breath, we can guide ourselves into a place of resting and stillness, allowing the mind and body to rejuvenate. We may like to have a journal near by or a sketchbook to allow our creativity to flow as it surfaces.

Just as the acorn lies dormant beneath the soil, giving rise to the shoot of a new tree, so too can we  use this December moment as a time and place for respite, for the germination of new energies, ideas and growth within.

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