Into the Darkness
Saturday, November 11, 2006

It's getting colder in my part of the world. Cold, dark and wet as it's been raining a lot - warm one day, cold the next. Not too cold yet. Down in the 30's maybe tonight.

I like this time of year. I always wish I could slow my life down more in the winter. It seems the proper thing to do but ususally isn't possible. I like holing up, dressing warm, having a hot tea, or chai or something, wrapping up in a blanket and reading - also watching an episode of Firefly a few times a week. That's what I'll do this winter.

I'm so enjoying this site. It's stimulating, enjoyable and comforting - even the heated discussions on the political (real world) site. I don't have time for much of that in my everyday world - there's so much polarity that it's difficult to engage in a really intelligent exchange of ideas. People get so entrenched in their belief system - it's as if they are in a bubble. Nothing gets in. More monologue than dialogue. Here I can just leave that section if I think the discussion is getting too rigid. But I can also browse and try to get my mind around viewpoints that are dissimilar to mine. Try to understand and make sense of other realities.

So this winter season as I move into the darkness I am looking forward to seeing how my newfound love of Firefly speaks to my personal growth path in life. It's my belief that everything we do, see, hear, etc. speaks to us if we listen. So I'll explore this venture, going deeper into the darkness and soar the universe with the crew of Serenity.

My own love of martial arts and particularly small women who are powerful, smart and strong - even if slightly crazy - is part of the pull for me. Although I'm past young, I'm still strong and engage in my daily practice, yoga, meditation and marital arts. It's a good match for me. It's also a release and helps me shift out of my job - working with the long term chronically seriouslly mentally ill in a poverty stricken rural area. It helps me stay balanced and not get burned out. People burn out quickly in my line of work. I find myself continually looking for creative ways to make it more useful and interesting for myself and those with whom I work.

"Into the Darkness we go,
Into the Darkness and Night
The Old One stands before us
Her voice we hear,
She holds our hopes and our fears."


Sunday, November 12, 2006 2:22 PM


I enjoy this time of the year, too. Once I get adjusted to the earlier darkness, I have always loved the winter-time.

As to FF lending to personal growth? It's aboutt the individual, of course, but my own experience has been this: FF has helped me to realize that a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to be the BDH, it was my moment, and I should have acted, and I missed the moment. It shames me to admit this, but admit it I will, and now I have a second chance, and I will not miss the moment again. I watched the BDH scene from Safe over and over, and came to understand these things. Personal growth as a result from FF is a real possiblity, I believe, but be ready for what you might face.

Sunday, November 12, 2006 1:15 PM


Hang in there!! I work with emotionally disturbed teenagers as a teacher so I know the burnout of which you speak. I too use this place to help me get through each day and know that there is still something that makes the struggle worth it. So go get yourself a dose of Firefly Therapy and hold on tightly:)

Saturday, November 11, 2006 3:40 PM


Center, focus, heal.
Good way to approach dealing with others!
We're about to get into the cold gloom of snow seaon here too.
I miss yoga. Can't seem to get enough roo in my routine to fit it in these last several years.
Just have to settle for being emotionally flexible for now. ;)

Saturday, November 11, 2006 1:21 PM


Definitely gotta with the first part, Siri...though the latter parts are where we part ways;)



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