To face darkness
Facing darkness is a serious issue. Nonetheless, the solution is light, or to double the meaning, to lighten up. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve been intrigued by the Zen concept of non-seriousness. A playfulness and certain detachment from difficult realities actually brings a more effective attitude and perspective into play! I have been known to say: There are only two mistakes you can make in life: one, to be too serious, and two, to not be serious enough. Perhaps one of the biggest barriers to dealing with difficult situations is fear. Cultivating an attitude of playfulness is one way to combat fear taking over one’s life and the ability to deal with the difficulties of one’s life. So, when things seem dark, lighten up. When things seem heavy, lighten up…or not.