Out of the shadows and into the light
On a boat trip this year in the Indian sea, on holiday with my family, I was overwhelmed by this spectacular, uninterrupted view of a huge sunset! There was nothing but the sparkling sea between us to obscure the view and I could feel the sun warming me - both physically and psychologically - its huge life force charging me up. I felt powerful, clear and alive!
The sun is becoming more significant to me as I mature. The next song I’m planning to record is called ‘Sunrise’, and is about using mindfulness to mentally harness this power, when feeling lost or obscured by stormy clouds of heavy emotion.
Today is Summer Solstice, the time of year when the sun is at its highest peak in our sky… the longest day. This year, for the first time, I feel drawn to tune in and bring my attention to the sun’s cycles and the changing seasons of life.
I’ve chosen to mark the solstice by reflecting on my life’s journey so far, for mine has been a long, painful, difficult journey of self-discovery from the trauma of childhood and adolescence, to the joy of mid-life and parenthood, with vast swathes of psychological exploration in between. By not letting the pain define me and finding the strength to allow love in, I believe I have found my way out into the light.
Through self-inquiry and repeatedly releasing myself from the shackles of self-doubt, I’ve empowered myself to consolidate my heard-earned wisdom and use my voice to creatively share my lived experiences, whether through my songs or my prose. Now, I am carving out a new path and following a calling I have discovered resonates strongly with me, brings me joy and may serve others travelling a similar route;
To communicate my story of how the healing power of connection has nurtured me on my journey out of the shadows and into the light.
It certainly feels as though this calling is charged with fresh energy and powerful life force, in this astronomical and spiritual season of summer.
Happy solstice to you! How do you mark yours?
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