Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Darkness Quotes from the Saturday Winter Solstice Class

On Saturday, December 24th I decided to take a spin on a traditional holiday and celebrate the Winter Solstice that occurred on the 22nd. This solstice marks the longest night and the shortest day. It is a day of darkness that is typically celebrated in many cultures as a day to gather with family and friends and light candles and eat a meal together. It is a time to celebrate the darker time in the year when we are more receptive to intuitive feelings and what is going on inside us. It is a great time to reflect on what is working in our life and what is not and what "light" we can bring into our life. We can also celebrate the "light" that has been with us in the previous year..something that has been sacred to us. This light can be like the star that brought the wise men to see the baby Jesus, or the candles that are lit in the Jewish festival of lights or the practice of your yoga that has been your centering for you...we surrender to the darkness as it is necessary so that when the light is present it illuminates the path for us. Darkness can be healing, balancing and often necessary for our growth so enjoy these "dark" quotes!

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

I said to my soul, be still, and wait...So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
T.S. Eliot

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung

I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight, silence would teach him the joys of sound.
Helen Keller

People are like stained glass windows, the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Chinese proverb

Be a full bucket, pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into the light.

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