It's early Wednesday morning, and I am sitting in front of the window with a steaming cup of tea watching the fog and rain clouds blanket the sky in white. I'm reminded of nature's natural rhythms and the intricate play of darkness and light that usually graces our region in December.
Indeed, it is grace. It is nature's grace, nature's beauty, that points us to the treasures of late fall/early winter. It's a time for turning inwards, filling our homes with light and warmth, and preparing for deep and nourishing rest.
Paradoxically, this is a traditionally busy time of year. So much so that we may lament the shorter days, colder weather, and overwhelming tiredness. This is exactly what makes this month an especially potent opportunity for honoring darkness and light, honoring cold and warmth, honoring activity and tiredness.
Why? Because both darkness and light or cold and warmth are a part of nature. They are parts of our true nature. Within us, some parts lie in darkness, or perhaps are dark. Other parts are full of light. And, it's all good. It's all ok. These are all parts of a whole.
Who we truly are is not only whole but wholeness itself. This great play of darkness and light is unraveling in the vast and open wholeness that we are. Each of us. All of us. Each and all of us.
How do I know? Look outside right now. Observe the play of darkness and light. Watch how nature allows it, accepts it. Notice how nature is wide and open and vast and how this play of darkness and light is happening within it. Does it not? And we are the same. We are nature.
With wishes for blessings of light and nourishing darkness,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
It's not always easy to inquire into darkness or even light, really. I find that it works a whole lot better when someone is there to support me. Please know that I'd be honored to support you in your inquiry via phone, web, private session or any local events. Also, you may wish to check out the recording titled "Reconnecting with Your Light." Enjoy!
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.