As daylight saving time approaches, a noticeable shift is taking place between the hours of light and the hours of darkness. This natural rhythm invites us to notice the animals preparing for the winter months and observe the trees shedding their leaves, resting for the new life that will blossom in spring. Nature seems to know how to anticipate this season of darkness and welcome its purpose without resistance.
As modern humans living with artificial light and glowing screens we can easily lose touch with life’s natural rhythms of rest and preparation. We may experience an emptiness or dread of the approaching season of increased darkness. Unlike the animals around us, we may find ourselves resisting this natural cycle of light and dark.
Personally, I love light. I feel increased energy when I can be outside in the warmth of the sun. Similarly, I notice that I much prefer the light, happy emotions and would rather ignore my more painful feelings, like sadness or anxiety. Perhaps some of the resistance to the outside darkness is that it reminds me of this uncomfortable, inside darkness.
What if we could see this upcoming natural cycle of longer dark days as purposeful? Perhaps we need more rest, quiet, or solitude. Maybe, like a dark womb, it could be a preparation time for something that is waiting to be birthed. Like the trees that have shed their old, dry leaves, we too, may have patterns that no longer serve us and need to be shed.
Are there questions you have pushed aside for another time? Are there difficult emotions begging for your attention? Maybe grief, fear, anxiety, sadness, shame or anger. As creatures on this planet we have an invitation to attend to this season of increased darkness. We can listen to what lies beneath the surface of our discomfort or dissatisfaction in life imagining with hope what may be waiting to blossom when spring comes.
So as another dark evening arrives early, if you sense the invitation to slow down and pay attention to your difficult emotions, we are here at Mansio Center to provide a safe and welcoming place for you.
-by Donna Scott