Paddling out into the ocean during a rain storm is one of the most peaceful things I have ever experienced. The raindrops fall down and kiss the ocean’s surface creating a blissful sound. Not a soul is on the beach, and there tends to only be a few drifting amongst the salt. The sky turns a deep grey, and some how it makes the ocean appear fierce. I remind myself, it is the same ocean, the same sky, and the same beach, simply expressing a darker side.
In the essence of being kissed by raindrops and supported by the vastest thing on our planet, I realized everything exists in duality, that’s how harmony is created. The sun and the moon. Day and night. Hot and cold. Sweet and bitter. Mountains and valleys. Darkness and light. How would we know one without experiencing the other? How would our preferences and appreciation grow?
As humans we are not exempt from dualities, we experience them within ourselves. However, human dualities become skewed because of the judgements we place. We tend to favor one over the other, and in doing so we forget that each side has something important to offer us. Something that we may never discover because we become scared of the “dark.” We can only dismiss “darkness” by honoring it and understanding its purpose. By doing so we realize the importance of it, similar to that of day and night.
If we can honor each piece and learn from all sides, we can begin to love ourselves and others completely. As R. Queen reminds us, “Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness.” Give it a try. Look beneath the superficial layer, find the true meaning of what that side is trying to teach you.