Our Christmas tree is up. This year i'm decorating it only with lights--no ornaments. An uncluttered look, emphasizing lights in this season of darkness.
Where do we find our inner light in dark times? Meditation. Meditation. Meditation.
The other evening a Dharma friend talked about finding happiness in the midst of pain. Very early in my meditation practice, after the break-up of a relationship, i noted "Sorrow. Sorrow. Joy. Sorrow." and was completely surprised by that one-half second "vacation" of joy.
The blackness of the dark times turns out not to be as solid as we had imagined.
Light up the dark with mindfulness.