Lessons of the Holy Darkness

As the gorgeous, blessed leaves, make their way onto the ground to (joyfully) become compost for new life, I find myself slowing, turning inward, for the silent nourishment I so love in the holy darkness of this time of year – the darkness that envelops me in my morning prayers and meditations. It reminds me that all is well for all eternity is right there sitting with me. I need nothing more.

And I am reminded of a beautiful story from the Tao…

A traveler through the mountains came upon an elderly gentleman who was busy planting a tiny almond tree. Knowing that almond trees take many years to mature, he commented to the man, “It seems odd that a man of your advanced age would plant such a slow-growing tree!” The old man replied, “I like to live my life based on two principles: One is that I will live forever. The other is that this is my last day.”

In the holy darkness, I am happy knowing I will live forever – in each one of those sweet present moments – for I am finite and infinite, human and divine. The tiny almond tree reminds me that my only job is to relax and be so that God may do. It reminds me that I need not effort for the hand of God is busy sculpting me in blessed ways I know not. It reminds me to breathe, more slowly, so I may remember that I am breathed, tendered and lovingly held by the holy One, right there, in the sweet darkness.

May we each become more like the tiny almond tree…and live forever…today.

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3 responses to “Lessons of the Holy Darkness

  1. Yes, to “relax and be”, for it is in this state of ease that I can connect to who I already am. There is a quiet sense of peace and fulfillment here and I smile just knowing it. Thank You.

  2. This both/and (“finite and infinite, human and divine”) is the power behind all understanding in this, my human, form. Simply to hold darkness in sweetness and sacred holiness is a fine reminder as we approach our months of deeper darkness! Peace and Thanks.

  3. Doreen

    Wonderful. 🙂

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