This pair, in seeming opposition, can be seen as reflections of one another. Two sides of the same coin, these two seeming opposites are actually not in conflict. Like Yin and Yang, the proverbial energies of day and night, separateness and togetherness dance a primordial and eternal dance. You actually can’t have one without the other.
This time of year carries with it a lot of expectations about togetherness, and family warmth around a crackling fire, a yule log, or a set of candles. Sometimes, these dreams are fulfilled, and you feel the full onrush of delicious loving connection. At other times, there is a sense of hollow ritual and disconnection or even full-on personal isolation.
I don’t know about you, but for me, I have often felt most connected when I have been isolated and alone, and have felt profound loneliness in an unconscious crowd.
Let me tell a personal story. I am the youngest of seven children. Read More→