Minister’s Musings – Connecting to Our Shadow Side

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

The holiday season is full of light, whether it be Hanukkah candles or Christmas lights. Along with the lights comes the expectation to be merry and festive. This can be a difficult time of year. It can be a time of disconnection, especially if you do not feel merry and festive. 

As we approach the Winter Solstice, we can remind ourselves of the healing powers of shadows and darkness. When it is hot, bright and sunny, shadows bring us relief. When our eyes are tired, the darkness in sleep brings us comfort. 

Remember to honor when you feel naturally drawn by the light and merriment as well as when you are pulled by the shadows and quiet. They are equally important in our lives, without one the other would not exist.

Peace & Grace,
Rev. Laura

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