The Dark In the Light

the pool
the pool

“When the sun rises and shines,
Not all the lotus buds in the lakes and ponds bloom,
Only those that are ready, do.
The rest have to bide their time,
But all are destined to bloom,
All have to fulfill that destiny.
There is no need to despair.”

~ Sathya Sai Baba


This is the dark time before the light. The light of Spring  hovers but not quite here yet.  We are now through the month of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day when the North Pole is tilted farthest from the sun. Our ancient ancestors observed this event by watching the stars and the shortening days carefully  chronicling the movement of the sun. They learned that the darkest day is followed by a little more light and warmth when a new cycle of life struggles to emerge into the fullness of the new season.

When we are left to our own devices, our thinking mind tends towards a certain pessimism that all will be dark forever. The light will never return, our minds tells us; it is always darkest before it is pitch black: that is the kind of doom and gloom prediction that often dominate us most during the grimness of the winter months. A perpetual  gloom that descends and refuses to let go.  Our minds are that way. We see only the dark and the cold. Educated as we may be, we are wired to a reptile mind that wants to flee from the gloom and freeze and to return to the light and the warmth. When we imagine only the dark, nothing anyone can tell us will make it otherwise. It is not until we enter the world of fresh observations, sensations and possibilities, that there is a shift in thought. When we sit down to meditate or spend time in nature, or just taking photographs as I have done here, that we rejoin the living world.

Early Spring Primroses

growing in an old stone pot


Under the Weeping Ash Tree
Under the Weeping Ash Tree





11 thoughts on “The Dark In the Light

  1. Yes Eve, that darkened gloom does something to the psyche…or is it just a winters resting phase, that we never allow ourselves to do. Maybe that is why it is there, to allow us to renew, refresh and be ready for that next season of going into the light again 😀
    Great post and very beautiful flowers, thank you for sharing your resting phase 😀

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        1. It was gentle be sure of that :), i had given up, I felt I was talking to myself. Blogs are not easy to create, they take time, and mine has never really had much of an audience. I guess due to my interests not being topical or something! I do not know what makes some blogs “click” and others not. Beats me! eve thanks again.

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          1. Just write from your heart young lady, and all else will look after itself. Most blogs come across with the energy that is put into them….if you just write from your heart, it will be accepted that way. If you ‘try’ to get followers, it will come across that way 😀
            Mind you, when I started out I tried too much…and suffered the consequences of realising I was just pushing myself onto everyone…now I just speak from within. And that can still feel too pushy because it comes across as being too strong. So I let go, and now just follow my heart with no expectations of where it goes 😀


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