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don’t be afraid of the dark

Published by Susan Gillis Chapman on

The winter solstice is approaching and those of us who live in northern climates are accustomed to the shrinking light.  My husband leaves for work on his bicycle in the dark and returns in the dark.  But our small home is full of festive lights and bright red poinsettas, a big reading chair and a cuddly black and white cat we recently rescued named Charley.  We don’t have to wait for the sun to bring light into our lives, there are all kinds of ways to jump start the process. The other night we attended the City Soul Choir performance, with over 700 people handclapping and chanting traditional Nigerian songs for awakening to the day and for ‘hearing the voices of our ancestors in the wind’. So for all of us who occasionally struggle with dark moments at this time of year, may your hearts be filled with love and twinkling lights and most importantly, may we stay connected to each other.  Every human life is a precious thread in our tapestry


Susan Gillis Chapman

teaches part time for Green Zone Institute and for Karuna Training. Susan is a retired Marital and Family therapist who has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 35 years.  She is the author of the book The Five Keys To Mindful Communication and a contributor to The Mindful Revolution, edited by Barry Boyce. Her website is: http://www.susangillischapman.com. Read more about Susan here.