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Winter Solstice: Embracing the Darkness and Welcoming the Light

Light Shines Through

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things,

and makes us aware that we are nothing,

but the light is all! Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul X Newton Photography

On the 21st day of the countdown to Christmas, we are given the gift of the winter solstice. We celebrate the winter solstice because it is the darkest and the shortest day of the year. This is the time when we can surrender to the darkness as we begin to open our hearts to the light and the longer days beyond the 21st. Winter solstice allows us to turn our attention to winter and formulate a self-care intention. An example of an intention this time of year might be to release into the darkness what no longer serves you and create a space of light within you.

Yesterday I was on the third floor of South Shore Regional Hospital. This is the oncology floor where I receive infusions and meet with the local cancer team. I wait for my sessions in the Journey Room. This room is significant to me for two special reasons. Jody LeFave, a close friend who died of breast cancer at 39, assisted in the development of and named the Journey Room. As a wife, mother, daughter and friend, she was full of strength, passion, and light. Jody left this earth too early, but she gave us the example to love and live each day to the fullest. This is Jody celebrating her wedding with us to the love of her life.

The second reason is my neighbour and friend Dr. Paul Newton donated a photo he took for the Journey Room. It's called "Light Shines Through" and was taken at one of our local beaches. I first saw this photo in 2019 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I was nervous before my first chemo session, but this photo brought me peace and calm. Later, as a survivor, I purchased the photo and hung it in my dining area. Every day I look at it and I'm reminded that light is everything. For me, light is my spirit, my soul, my reason for being.

Now, five years later, I'm back in the Journey Room where I'm once again waiting for a treatment that will allow me to survive. In memory of Jodi, I follow her example of living each day to the fullest, embracing the light. Let’s all surrender to this winter darkness and let the light within us shine. Together we can contribute to peace on earth.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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Yolande LeVert
Yolande LeVert
Dec 22, 2023

Such a beautiful message. Hugs 🤗

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