The Winter Solstice and Finding Your Light

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

- Edith Wharton


Winter Solstice

Soon, we will experience the shortest day and the longest night -- the winter solstice.

 

More darkness than light. 

 

A lot of us are afraid of the dark. Even those of us who don't admit it.

 

Being in the dark throws off our sense of balance. From time to time in Fertile Yoga class, we do balancing poses with our eyes closed. It is astonishing to people that coming onto their toes, raising their arms to the sky with their eyes closed is so challenging. 

 

Being in the dark challenges all of our senses. Our eyes strain to see what they cannot see, our ears become more alert, our skin tingles with every change in the stream of air around us. Our sense of smell becomes more acute.

 

Our intiution also comes alive in the dark. 

 

We hear, see, smell, and feel things that we could not see with the light shining in.

 

Darkness is not evil, nor bad, nor our enemy. Darkness is a place where we are invited to rest, to find quiet and stillness.

 

It's a place where our heart can open more calmly and more completely. We feel, rather than see. We can listen to our hearts because there is nothing distracting to look at with our eyes.

 

There are subtle shifts in our thinking when we sit quietly in darkness. When we deliberately close our eyes and look inside, we do not see darkness, we see ourselves.

 

We see the reflection of our truest self, which shines brightly. 

 

Our heart reminds us of this as well.

 

After the darkest day, longest night, light comes back in.

 

Soon, the day will be longer, the night will be shorter. 

 

Soon, we turn towards spring.

 

Winter solstice, welcome the darkness. 

 

We will find a path together through the darkness. 

 

 

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Topics: Holidays, Feelings

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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