Today is the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. It also happens to be a New Moon, which doesn't happen often. This means that today will be the darkest dark.
I teach yoga on Sunday mornings and I wondered, should I teach a vigorous class full of Sun Salutations to combat the dark? Or should I teach a soft, quiet class with no Sun Salutations to honor the dark? I chose to honor the dark.
And so this morning I shared with my students a subdued and introspective practice where we were allowed to go slow, move mindfully, and rest a bit in the low light.
After class a student shared this Wendell Berry poem with me. She said it was one of her favorites and asked me to "pass it on." Here it is. Enjoy!
To Know The Dark
by Wendell Berry
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.