Light in Dark
I notice how the light shines in the amber liquid
Many of us are thinking about light this time of year. We look forward to the longer days, the brighter days, the warmer days. I've been working at embracing the dark. I like this dark season because I have a reason to light candles and start a fire. The dark helps me see the beauty of the light, the dark makes the light precious. I know from living in New Mexico that a constantly sunny environment can grow tiresome.
On the afternoon of Dec 31, I made a cup of pu-erh (above), a very dark tea, to acknowledge the dark time of year. I wanted something grounding as I reflected upon my experiences in 2011, what I valued and what I wanted to let go. Then on Jan 1, I made a cup of white silver needles (below). This white tea takes my energy up and out, perfect for dreaming of plans for the new year.
Dark in Light
I notice how the liquid appears clear, but when I look closely, I see the dark shadows and the color
Preparing: I invite you to find a few moments this week to think about the dark and light in your life.Sipping: Over a couple of days (or a few hours), prepare a light tea and a dark tea.
- Make notes about how the teas look, taste, smell and feel in your mouth. How are the light and dark similar? How are they different? What qualities of each do you appreciate?
- Now make notes about light and dark aspects of life.
- How is darkness sometimes a good thing? For me, it's the candles, the fireplace, the time to snuggle in, watch movies and read. Time to test myself by going outside to play on cool and moist days. Time for celebrations of small things. Time to reflect and renew.
- How is lightness sometimes a challenge? There's a song done by Sweet Honey in the Rock called, The Sun Will Never Go Down. It says, "...the flowers are blooming forever, the sun will never go down. Don't you feel like cryin' sometimes...." This song speaks to me. There are times when the bright things in life are too much, and I need darkness to calm my soul.
- How can you embrace both light and dark?
May 2012 be for you like this tangerine, full of good, healthy things! Full of the goodness in both dark and light. (In this case, pu-erh tea.)