Twilight and Darkness
The winter solstice. The frozen air. The deep, dark sky.
I know this will pass. I’ve been here before and before and before.
But sometimes my mind goes sideways and I need to bring her back to hope, to dreaming and to wonder.
In the meantime, I remind myself that these steps can calm me, when I’m lonely and alone.
- Set boundaries
- Find sacred space
- Breathe deeply
- Attend to the moment
- Practice gratitude
- Reframe the questions
Candles help, too. So do blankets and music and a cup of something yummy.
The shortest night of the year gives way to more light the next day. And the next month. And for many more to come.
In the darkness I am warm, anticipating the morning after.
WINTER SOLSTICE by Irene Latham
No more hurry
time now for firelight
for church bells
with the cold,
inside of you
a kernel of courage
each day, more light.