December means many things to many people from Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa. Others celebrate Yule, which heralds the return of the light.
Last week marked the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year when the earth is leaning farthest away from the sun. Of course, the shortest day is followed by the longest night. In many cultures, the lengthening nights were cause for fear, the increasing darkness a source of despair.
Yet, day by day, the world turned and the light returned. And so it goes, year after year after year.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ve experienced your own longest night. It may feel like your personal winter solstice, when the sun has reached its lowest point in the sky. At The Ghosh Center, we understand. Some of us are survivors who have walked the same path.
As you step into the new year, our commitment is to walk right next to you. We’re also here to light your way with words of comfort and encouragement.
If you’re struggling with fear or loss, you may want to consciously bring the light back into your life. One of the ways to do this is with a candle-lighting ceremony. Throughout the world, lighting candles is a sacred ritual, a non-denominational way to offer prayers, affirm intentions and dedicate life to a higher purpose.
You can light a single candle for yourself. As you do so, say,
“Today, I choose to let light enter my life.
I choose to let it calm my heart and steady my thoughts.
I choose to let it overcome my fears and illuminate my hopes.
I choose light over darkness.
I choose to let it shine in my life.
I choose light for today.”
Or you can light three candles.
May light fill your life in the year ahead.