Today marks the shortest day of the year, or the day with the most hours of darkness. For many people, darkness is associated with fear, with depression, and with the parts of the self that we might rather not look at. But, as I’ve been mentioning in classes this week, the darkness is also an opportunity to rediscover the light. Inside each of us is a spark of the Light of Consciousness, an inner “flame” that will never go out, even when it is hard to see. Like the sun, we can’t always see or feel that inner light shining, but it is always present, even though it may be covered by clouds, or because we have spun or tilted on our axis to face a different direction. The winter holidays are all about light, Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa, they all have an aspect of celebrating light. My wish for you this holiday season is that you may always remember the light, even during your darkest hours. May you delight in the rediscovery of that light, again and again.
Happy Holidays to you,