What Is Your Light in Dark Times?

It seems safe to say that everyone has faced some serious challenges this year. During this darkest time of the year—approaching winter solstice and during celebrations of light in many traditions—is there something or someone that lights your way?

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WINTER: Black Forest National Park

This short video conveys the stillness and beauty of winter in nature: featuring the unique animal and plant life in the Black Forest national park in southern Germany (2:25 min).

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John O’Donohue: Beannacht

An exclusive track of John O'Donohue reading his poem "Beannacht" during his interview with Krista Tippett on October 1, 2007, in the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul,…

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Irwin Keller: Being the Light

From Jewish Teacher and Writer Irwin Keller's website, this December 2015 post is a relevant and beautiful reminder of our role in dark times. From the post: "What does Tikkun Olam mean…

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Lyla June Johnston: All Nations Rise

Musician, poet, and Native rights activist Lyla June Johnston performs her song "All Nations Rise" at the 2017 Geography of Hope Conference.

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Recommended Reading: Light in Dark Times

Francis Weller The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief Lewellyn Vaughan-Lee, editor Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth Rebecca Solnit Hope in…

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