Be not afraid of the dark or stillness

Being afraid of the dark is a primal response, but one we in our Western culture have outgrown.  The fear we’re left with is the fear of our own darkness, of the hidden words and pictures.  We do everything we can to keep that darkness from reaching the light, and always in the form of running hard, physically and mentally.

Being afraid to stop is the hint that we have something left to show ourselves, something to complete so that it can be removed from the inventory of darkness.

Why do we fear being still?  Being quiet?  It’s not as if velociraptors are going to chew off our faces as we sit.  Be still with memory, allow it to come, knowing that the whole of you will hold the memories and will gently integrate them.

The words, too, will show themselves.  But we have to remove the blocking wall of darkness first.

Be still.  Do not fear.  Breathe.

a note card I have tucked in a quiet place to remind me...

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 14:26:15

    Hmm, maybe because self-doubt likes the dark. I don’t know, my insecurities are way more insecure after the sun goes down. Doing yoga before bed helps, a lot!


    • lahgitana
      Dec 14, 2011 @ 14:39:05

      It’s weird, isn’t it, how self-doubt likes the dark? What if when we’re feeling a little off, we go outside in daylight and see what happens. Would those doubts shrivel up into ash piles?!

      After the sun goes down, for me, is when the day gets quieter so that the voices inside my head can be heard. Nice to ask ’em to pipe down at yoga time!


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