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
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
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
~ David Whyte, Sweet Darkness