This time of year can be very difficult for some folks – and that group includes me. As I mentioned a few days ago – I need the sun. It has been over a week since I have seen it and I am feeling its absence! Not to mention that just a few years ago I lost two significant people in my life during this time of year (the second died just three weeks after the first), and I miss them both a great deal.
I emailed a friend of mine about feeling like a caged tiger watching the darkness approach and feeling like there was not way to escape it. In response she sent me the following. I thought it was incredibly well written and wanted to share it with others.
Regarding the darkness approaching, it is what it is. The winter solstice (just days away) is the beginning of shorter nights and longer days. Celebrate the darkness, rather than fear it, as a time of sitting silently, opening yourself to reception of Blessings, of Love, of Inspiration . . . rather than fighting it, or trying to push or assert yourself. It is the time for a child to be born and nurtured and loved.
In tests I’ve taken to measure depression, the experience with the most point value is the death of someone dear to you. The second experience with a high point value is Christmas!! This holiday causes so much stress (financial stress, family stress, past pain at this time of the year–loneliness, disappointments, loss, and perhaps especially unacknowledged/ stuffed away pain). With the lengthening of daylight hours and the survival of Christmas, IT WILL GET BETTER.
So, for anyone else out there feeling a little less than joyous during this time of year – know that this too shall pass… and I’ll try and remember it as well.