June 11 2016 – Self portrait, iPhone 5s.
I was sitting by the lake, watching my shadow. It’s like meditating, which I usually do every day at home, but it’s something else to meditate outdoors with only the sounds of nature. As I observed my own shadow the shadow self came to mind. I’ll be 45 in August and it feels as if I still don’t know exactly who or what I am. And what about this shadow of mine, is it just the darker side of myself? “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.” (Carl Jung – Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology, 1959). I forgot about time and space thinking about this, but it was all worth it. (MEH)