Sunday, February 19, 2012

Facing the Darkness

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Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions


It is difficult to admit to a dark time in a public forum, especially when you know that family and friends are reading. At the same time, life is not always tea and sunshine and who are we helping by pretending that it is?

Life is good. Being alive beats the alternative. But, there are dark nights when all one can do is face it, feel it, and move through it. That's what I'm doing now, and although there is much uncertainty clouding my vision, I am certain of one thing. That is, this is a spiritual journey and I know God is faithful. All is as it should be in this moment, and this all is a process.

Thanks for the encouraging words, emails and blessings. Part of my funk, other than the obvious, is due in part to the gray, dark and wet weather we are having. We had a little rain/snow mix today, which is really the first we've had in this unseasonably warm winter. The timing was unfortunate as I was intending to go to Reelfoot Lake with my photography group for a Bald Eagle tour. They are only offered in January and February. Bummer.

This type of weather tends to be energy zapping, and the gap between what I'd hoped to accomplish this weekend and what I actually managed to do has also contributed to my mood. But, I did manage rest, which is a good and necessary thing.

Determined to at least meet my goal of one self portrait a week, I submit this shot taken with my ipad and processed with Photoshop Express. There may be many ipad selfies this year.

I came across this poem when looking for a quote for the image (this month's challenge is to include words with our self portrait). It seemed appropriate for now and I'm looking forward to exploring more of this poets work. I hope you enjoy it, too.

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

~ David Whyte, Sweet Darkness


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12 comments:

  1. Hey Leanne...thank you for sharing this brave post. I love the image, the selfie and the words you have included within it.
    I too am in a dark place and have been there a long time. It is difficult to "sit with it". Unlike you, I normally don't share that on my blog-although I think people that read me enough might catch its wind.
    Wishing you comfort in this dark time and fertility of creativity that I find oft blooms out of these times.
    Hugs from someone who "gets it".

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    1. Thank you. I'm sorry you are also experiencing a dark time. Hoping that you see some light soon.

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  2. Your photo is powerful, and the poem is very moving. I'm sending good thoughts...the dark moments are always so hard, but I pray yours will pass soon.

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  3. Allowing and honoring your pain (it matters, has meaning, and is significant!) is the way to go. With Matthew Fox and David Whyte (I adore D.W.'s work) guiding you in the process, I'm sure you will find your way through any dark night of the soul.

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  4. The wonderful thing about being in a dark place is, well, actually 2 things.... #1 is that it will not last for ever! This too will pass. and # 2.. when a ray of sunlight comes in again, oh , it is so much brighter than it would have been if you had not experienced the darkness. If you send me your email I will send you a picture that is so meaningful to me on this very topic. If not, I can post it on my blog. either way. ..... Also, these dark times are such a wonderful opportunity for self reflection and inner growth. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! I'd love to see the image. You can email it to me at lthomas@photosbyleanne.net.

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  5. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the blog today! Brightens my day. . . as I'm sure you understand. I appreciate the honesty and sincerity of this post. Beautiful. The photo, too, is stunning.

    "this is a spiritual journey and I know God is faithful. All is as it should be in this moment, and this all is a process."

    I agree 100%.

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  6. i have written similar posts on my blog, when i went through dark places and periods of life. though family or friends may not understand why we would post things like this, there are so many people out there who might read who would understand... and not just that, but appreciate. in my opinion, it's okay to be cathartic on our blogs. it's part of the reason we have them. i think it is therapeutic and healing in some ways. my blogs, though pretty rough or down at some points, got me through a lot of difficult days. that said, i love your photo, and i love the quote and poems you included. very well said. i wish you the best during this time of life. i've learned to embrace those times, because i know they make me who i am and strengthen my resolve to press on. yes... God is faithful. he will carry you through. he has so many times before, even when you didn't realize it. cling to him.

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  7. Powerful post and selfie. I ´ve been dealing with these issues for so long now... coming and going from darkness to light once and again... and I have learnt -as you said- that the only thing we can do is be in the moment.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and quotes. Love very much this verse: Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
    confinement of your aloneness
    to learn

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  8. beautiful words and a lovely image taken with your ipad! i hope there is some light shining in your dark place soon. thanks for linking up at {in the picture} this month.

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  9. Such a brave, beautiful post. May the courage you hold deep within embrace the darkness, honor it, and move forward to brighter days.

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  10. so brave and beautiful.
    acknowledging pain is part of moving through it...you are moving. wishing you peace...

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