I believe that our internal thoughts shape our external world. I want my first thought of the day to be full of Love, Light, and good Energy, so I am mindful to lay the foundation for that. When I wake, I truly think “Oh Happy Day, *thank you* for this Happy Day!”. I have prepped enough in my life for this thought to be genuinely true. If my preparations were compromised–perhaps I didn’t get enough rest the previous night–and my first thought is anything but “Oh Happy Day, thank you for this Happy Day!” I quickly acknowledge it and change the tone. I want my first thought to be positive because that will set the tone for the rest of the day.
This Monday blessing series is my way of sharing a positive first thought for the week with you. Typically, people dread Monday, but I *love* Mondays. It is the first day of the week–fresh and clean–and sets the tone for the rest of the week. I’d like your first thought to be “Yay for Monday!” and let that energy build and create a positive joy filled week for you. Changing thoughts is about changing perspective, so many of the Monday topics are my way of seeing things in a Light different than you may.
Today’s Monday blessing is twofold. Please join me on Tess blog at http://theboldlife.com/2010/05/courage-strength-wisdom/ as I share with you my thoughts on how to deal with the “stuff” life hands you. And this Monday *my* blessing is….I am delighted to have Evita from http://evolvingbeings.com write the Monday blessing for you. Evita has such amazing Spirit–what she shares on her site opens my mind to new ideas and inspires me to embrace my own Energy and use it in ways bigger than I had previously imagined. Today she shares with us her perspective on dark…..Thank you Evita for visiting today….it is my honor to share this space with you!
As the sun begins to bow down gracefully, the horizon puts out the fire of the flaming body of gold. It gives way to a new energy – the energy of the dark.
In our society the dark has been associated with all sorts of negative things. Horror movies, myths, and legends have paved the way for the worst of things happening in the dark. We have learned to fear, what is part of a natural and beautiful cycle.
I remember driving down country roads when I was younger, where the lights were scattered, barely illuminating the road. I remember the uneasy feelings and thoughts that used to cross my mind. “It would be so scary to get stuck here…”
I remember cottaging or coming back from an outdoor adventure in forests, and as the dark night took over, looking around and thinking thoughts like, “I think I would die if I got stuck here alone…”
Perhaps not everyone “fears” the dark, but the majority of us definitely don’t feel comfortable with it or in it.
I never gave this much thought, until earlier this year. While living in the city, one never really gets a taste of what real darkness is like and the blessing that it offers. And so we fear what we don’t know – isn’t that usually the case?
As I am in the midst of a move to a secluded, natural and wilderness-like area, I have had to give this topic some serious thought and confront my feelings about the dark.
My new home will be in a place, where during the night, as there are no street lights or other people’s home lights of any kind, the night is the darkest shade of black it can get. It is so black in fact, that one cannot see their hand, if holding it in front of their face. The experience is extremely humbling to say the least.
In this choice to move to a more natural lifestyle, I decided that I wanted to look again, and see with fresh eyes ALL of the elements of nature and this physical world – including the dark. I decided it was time to make friends with the dark, understand it better and develop my own ideas about it, not living off of what has been so often falsely instilled in me.
We as human beings of the 21st century live greatly by trying to control our external environment at all times. When it comes to the dark, we have become “lucky” to push away what is sometimes seen as a “nuisance”, thanks to electricity. But the dark, is a beautiful part of this world, as is the light.
How would we understand the light, without the dark?
Today, I invite you to re-discover the dark. Get to know it all over again. See it with fresh eyes, an open mind and a loving heart. See it as the blessing that it is.
As I stand outside in the dark of the blackest night where my new home will be, I am greeted by an infinite sparkle of stars above. It is calm. It is quiet. It is serene. It is peaceful. It is dark.
By re-discovering the dark, I am re-discovering myself. I am awakening senses within me that have been asleep for far too long. I am finding the comfort of not seeing with my eyes, but with my heart and soul. I am learning to navigate through the energy of the night. I am becoming one with the night.
Let your fear be replaced by peace – peace of knowing that you are safe. Leave behind old thoughts and conditioning and see the dark, feel the dark, experience the dark for yourself. And as you do, experience with it, a new you.
The dark presents us with so many amazing learning opportunities. It is a blessing.
Excerpts from “The Music of the Night” by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Close your eyes,
And surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let you spirit start to soar
And you’ll live, as you’ve never lived before
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
Let your mind start a journey through a strange, new world
Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me
**Please join me in this space this Wednesday as I share a special treat with you.
A slideshow of my Mother’s Day weekend sailing trip with the children.**