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Illustration Credit: Night Owl by Diana Sudyka

My miracle cure was found in a moment of Grace more than 20 years ago. It involves no ingested substances or any special equipment, just a bit of time every evening.When I was an elementary school teacher, a profession I loved, I found that toward the end of summer vacation, as I listened to the beautiful songs of the crickets and katydids, I would begin to feel sadness for the loss of the season. As the amount of sunlight gradually decreased, so did my good mood and energy—to the point where sometimes I would be crawling into bed by 7:30 p.m. I would feel an angry grief rising with the thought, Here we go again.I am a committed walker, and one evening I was taking my half-hour stroll a little past dusk. As I began to fret about enduring the impending darkness and hibernation of the next four months, my moment of Grace was bestowed upon me. From without or within myself, I received the soft, yet directive words: Stop resisting…enter in…embrace the darkness. Those words, in a flash, transformed the scene, and brought me into a luminous new world. I stepped up my pace, gave thanks for the Grace and the st …

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