There are times when we feel that the only thing sharp about us is our shadow. Clear thinking, incisive judgments, emotional clarity, and even sharp dressing, have all been swept away by fatigue, ceaseless monotony, dull repetitiveness, lack of initiative, or pain. Perhaps, though, we can use our shadows to alleviate some of these symptoms and the resultant enervation. Just a glance at your shadow shows you that there is something incisive about you – your solid, sharply defined contours. Your shadow is just as unique as yourself and can serve as a reminder of that uniqueness; that you may be observing and remarking on it in your head, or maybe even aloud, can easily serve to remove your mind from your mundane or troubled existence. Looking at yourself without actually looking at your physical body can also allow for observation without the sense of vanity, the sense of self-absorption, or the sense of self-denigration some may feel when looking in a mirror or at a picture of themselves. A sharp silhouette can sharpen us up simply by being a reminder that we are real and substantial, or we couldn’t be interrupting the light. And shadows are fun to play with too, don’t you think?
The pale, dawn light is a good time of day to look around with an open mind; the early, ghostly light can open your eyes in whole new ways to what is physically there and to what is only there in the mind. With the illumination of such spectral light you feel able to see beyond the physical world into the world of your own mind and to be able to make clear and cogent decisions regarding important things or even not so important things. One kindles or rekindles a sense of awe and exploration more easily than the bright light of full day sometimes admits. This may have something to do with having just wakened and still remembering the answers your brain searched for all night in dreams or it may mean that you slept very well and are no longer fatigued. The transparency and sharpness of thinking in this insubstantial seeming light can set the tone for the entire day, week, or month depending upon whether you can be awake at dawn. It’s remarkable to have such clarity available in such a simple and beautiful way and should be taken advantage of when possible. Even those who are night people may want to take a look at the ghostly light of dawn; they may not have slept, but are anticipating sleep; perhaps the light will permeate their dreams and bring clarity while they sleep. Regardless of the circumstances, the light of daybreak is an ever-changing illumination of many things and is well worth seeing. Why not take advantage of dawn and its ghostly light occasionally?