When Everything is Dark – 4 Simple Ways to Turn Towards the Light
The pictures in this post have all been taken during the darkest times of my life.
In fact, they have all been taken from inside hospital rooms over the last year, and I can say with the wisdom of hindsight that the light I've been able to focus on (quite literally through the camera lens!) has been one of the most important things I've done to help myself through .
When everything is dark, I turn towards the light.
Lately, I've been getting a lot of questions from people who feel like they are wandering like lost shadows through the dark night of the soul. And while I wish I was able to hold you hand and guide you towards the light at the end of the tunnel, I know that it wouldn't help you in the long run. You've got to find your own light.
There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Imagine having no power during a stormy, stormy night. Imagine holding a candle while wandering through the dark rooms that used to be familiar, but now seem strange and empty.
We all know how easy it is to focus on the dancing shadows, the frightening and long monster-like shadows near the edge of our vision. But if there is one thing I can say, based on painfully tried and tested techniques – it's this.
Focus on the light.
And sometimes, it really helps to be quite literal about it.
See it in a new light
Nowadays, we all carry a camera with us everywhere we go. And you don't need anything fancy! Just graph the camera on your phone, your digital one or any old film camera. Don't focus on the quality of the pictures you take, just focus on capturing the light!
When you are overwhelmed by emotions and everything is chaotic around you, looking at the world through a camera lens will force you to be present. In addition, you have to look at the world from a different perspective.
Sometimes that is just what you need in order to see your problems from a new angle and feel better right there and then.
Light up, light up
There's a reason why it's called a flicker of hope.
Whenever I feel stressed and restless, I find great comfort in the warmth and coziness of candles. There's something strongly symbolical and calming about watching the flame burn on and on and on. Sometimes, doing something so literal as creating that light by lighting a match can give us strength and hope.
Spend some time in the cold light of day
When our bodies are weary and our souls are tired, one of the most healing things to do is just to sit in the sun. Find yourself a window, a bench or a protected corner where you can enjoy the sun while still being shielded from the wind. Breathe, relax and just focus on the warmth and energy you feel on your skin.
Let the sunshine rejuvenate and stimulate you, while you sit still and let your body relax. Spend some time just be-ing, and you'll often find that you can look at the stress and overwhelm in your life with more clarity and peace. Right this very moment – sitting in the ligth – you are safe.
Shed some light on it
There are two ways to literally shed some light on your life when you are going through a hard time. One way is to talk openly about something that you feel like hiding. This is powerful work, but it requres you to be strong enough to deal with challenging emotions like shame and trust.
Another, and more literal way of shedding some light on your situation is to do just that. Light all the lamps in your room and make sure you don't have any dusty and dark corners. Clean, tidy and organize your physical space, and you might find that the chaos in your mind becomes more clear and organized too.
How do you use light to stay positive and focused during a challenging time?
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