During these darkest days of the year when the shadows stretch their longest many of us celebrate festivals of light – Diwali, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice all remind us of the importance and significance of light. They also remind us to honour the light in our lives and within ourselves.
What a brilliant occasion to honor our inner fire and light, and to acknowledge the forces of darkness within us as well.
Here are some reflective questions to enlighten yourself and lighten yourself from the darkness.
What have you not given yourself permission to do or be? What will you give yourself permission to do/be now?
What risk have you NOT taken - what stopped you? Where do you want to grow your courage?
What part of your body feels heavy/heaviest? What is weighing that part of your body down? What will make it feel light/er?
Who do you want to forgive and to whom do you need to ask forgiveness or apologize?
Who lights you up (family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, mentors, etc.) How will you acknowledge them in your life?
What brings lightness to your heart? What lights you up?
As we head into the shortest day of the year and turn on our lights, light candles and put out sparkly decorations, celebrate yourself and those around you.
"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle." Walt Whitman