Each year on February 2nd, we await the rising of the groundhog to see if he will see his shadow and retreat back into his burrow (leaving us with six more weeks of winter), or if he will find comfort in the clouds allowing his perception of an early spring.
We can use this as a metaphor in our own lives. We each have a human shadow. Carl Jung described this as the, "repressed or denied part of the Self". Some look at the shadow as the parts below the surface that we find difficult to accept. Perhaps we aren't proud of this shadow side, perhaps it's difficult to embrace this part of our Self, and we can't seem to find a way to simply be with it. Sometimes we ignore our shadow. As it rises we become scared ... the feelings of those untapped experiences that lurk below surface can be intense, and send us back to our burrow where it's safe.
It can be difficult for us to witness our shadow side. However, it's rich with the potential of growth and healing. If we are able to be gentle, present, and compassionate with our shadow, our vision will become clearer as the clouds lift and the light shines within us. Accepting our shadow will support us to move forward in our lives. Can you allow yourself to stand in the light alongside your shadow?
Does your shadow send you scurrying back to your burrow? How does your shadow hold you back from achieving your goals, creating wellness, and bringing alive your dreams?