Darkness and light

a wildflower in black and white

“Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light
Nothing flowers.”
~May Sarton, from “The Invocation of Kali”

Most of us prefer the “light” times of life, filled with happiness and ease, but the darkness and the light are both necessary.

Nothing is born without time in the darkness to gestate. Nothing blooms without the sun’s light.

One of the clearest signals that something healthy is afoot

boxes stacked at curb for trash

“One of the clearest signals that something healthy is afoot is the impulse to weed out, sort through, and discard old belongings.” ~Julia Cameron

I so often resist my impulses to clear things out because I’m busy and it seems like a waste of my valuable time to do this kind of work. But I’m gradually learning that these impulses are important signs that something new is ready to be born in my life, and I need to clear out to make space for it.

I’ve been purging stuff like mad the last few weeks and am already feeling lighter and more open because of it. I can’t wait to see what is waiting to be born!

When was the last time you gave in to an impulse to weed out, sort through, and discard old belongings?