“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver
This week is typically my heaviest of the year emotionally. Between the arrival of the Winter Solstice Dec. 21 (the first day of Winter and the longest night of the year), holiday mayhem, my mother’s Dec. 20th birthday and my Jan. 7. birthday, I often find myself sliding in to a state of melancholy. If this happens, rather than run from feeling sad, I do my best to sit quietly and see what gifts or messages want to emerge from my shadow (read my post 9 Ways to Embrace Your Shadow.).
There is a beautiful song/video from Barbara McAfee: “Every time I go in to the darkness, I return with fistfuls of jewels.” Will you join me in exploring what jewels may be waiting for you during this time?
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I’d love to hear about the gifts you’re uncovering this week as you explore your shadow side.
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