• kyunghee chen

darkness to see the light

Winter solstice, 2020.

Today marks the shortest day of the year. On this day, we may experience longer periods of silence, a little extra time sleeping in- or heading to bed before dinner, or we might take a stroll in the dark.

It's the clouds before the sun breaking in.

It's the wind with its frosty smell before the first snowfall.

On this day where darkness is the longest, I am reflecting on the gift of light. The morning sunlight wakes up as it paves a path for my walk even in the cloudiest of days. Inside my home, candles and string lights illuminate the room with the warmest glow, especially today. I notice the casting of shadows near the Christmas tree, painting its own art on the wall. Candle lights flicker in the darkness, dancing to its own rhythm. In this moment, as I pay attention, I am reminded to take notice.

Light is magnifying the things around me that I have missed. These are gifts. I am starting to see today as the day to slow down, even more.

Without the darkness, there is no light.

Without the slowing, there is no noticing.

Darkness is not to be feared. It's there to reveal the littlest of gifts as it's welcoming us to slow down and tune in. I think we can all use more of everyday gifts. Although it's the day before the sunlight starts to get longer again, we no longer see it as the before. This day alone has its own grand purpose. On this darkest day of the year, what new light can we experience? So, today I encourage us to be curious about the darkness.

Here are some journaling prompts to guide your day:

1. As you move about your day, take a notepad with you and jot down what you notice about what the light is doing around you.

2. Recall a dark season in your life and write about it. Now, write also about the lesson the darkness gifted you.

with love,


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