Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. — Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
We are living in dark times. It is not just that this is the darkest part of the year in the northern hemisphere, but the world around us appears to be a reflection of hopelessness and despair. Hatred for “the other” has seemingly become normalized and legitimized. Peaceful protesters are bombarded with military force and arrested. Terrorists are attacking Christmas markets. There is no escape for innocent civilians from the most war-torn regions of the globe.
Speak Up, But From a Place of Compassion
There is so much to be outraged about. If we choose to remain in a state of perpetual anger and fear, reacting rather than responding, blaming rather than offering compassion, we will lose a precious part of ourselves. Yes, we must stand against tyranny and speak out against injustice, but we must also be ever-mindful that love will always trump hate. We cannot remain silent, but we can speak and act from a place of love and compassion.
The Promise of Light’s Return
We are living in dark times, but the Winter Solstice offers a promise: a promise of light’s return and a promise of hope. The Winter Solstice is a reminder that the dark times are ending, new life is emerging. We can make of this new life what we choose. We can step into and embrace our power. In this season of darkness, we can choose to let our own light shine!
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All!
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