My musings on darkness were inspired by but don't really follow this outline:
- End of the year
- Shortest day / longest night
- Darkness -> fear/anxiety
- We light candles, fires, or decorate trees and houses with lots of lights to drive away the darkness.
- We also find comfort and peace in the quiet dark.
- We sleep in the dark.
- Darkness of the tomb.
- Darkness of the womb.
- When do we fear the dark?
- We can’t see what is around us, threatening us.
- We can’t see the way out/forward.
- Shadows and shapes become monsters.
- When is darkness welcomed?
- When we want to sleep.
- To hide away the annoyances of our life.
- So we can see the stars.
- We close our eyes to meditate or pray so we are not distracted.
- I can open myself up to others because I don’t have to see their reaction and they can’t see mine.
- When I was living with alcoholism but without recovery, life seemed very dark. I could not see a “way out”. And in the actual darkness, in the quiet of the night when I couldn’t sleep, my problems, my anxieties, my fears, my hopelessness were magnified. They were monsters coming out from under the bed, from the closet, to attack me. In that time of my life, darkness was not a friend, darkness was to be feared.
One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, March 3.
How Al-Anon Works, Chapter 38.
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Music from the show
War: Slippin Into Darkness
Simon and Garfunkel: Sound of Silence
The Five Satins: In the Still of the Night
Lauren Daigle: You Say