In the midst of depression I once asked my spiritual director how I could be feeling such despair when not long before the depression hit I had been feeling so close to God? "Simple" she said. "The closer you get to light, the closer you get to darkness." The deepest things in life come not singly but in paradoxical pairs, where the light and the dark intermingle.

Parker J. Palmer in The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring


To Practice This Thought:
Plan a ritual to celebrate inner and outer darkness.


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