What Cracks of Light Do You See in this Winter’s Darkness?

As we move toward winter solstice, the longest night of the year, what traditions, service work, or inner practices help you bring hope and light into the world? What are others doing that inspire you? Can you find inspiration in the fertile darkness?

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Photo: At  the 2018 Geography of Hope Conference. Courtesy Carlos Porrata.


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Tracy K. Smith: Love Is a Language

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith has a deep interest in “the kind of silence that yields clarity” and “the way our voices sound when we dip below the decibel…

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The Bough and the Stars

This short video (28 sec) follows the path of the milky way as it seems to circle a baobab tree in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pan. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas captured this mesmerising sight.…

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Transforming Darkness: Jack Kornfield

This video (45:26 min) is an audio recording of Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield's presentation on Transforming Darkness for the Be Here Now Network. From the video page: In attempting to draw light…

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Recommended Reading: Light in Darkness

Let My People Go Surfing: the Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Consolations: the Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

World Enough and Time; On Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwen

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