January 28, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Spring forward: Turn back the clocks on negativity!

 

 

The thought of giving light and dark equal billing is fascinating to me, because when you think about it, where would they be without each other?

by Guy Camilleri

Now that our clocks have been set forward, living in Venice has just gotten that much better due to an extra hour of light, aka Sunshine! This additional time to revel in the sun is significant to me because, at heart, I’m an outdoors kind of guy. Well actually, I need to be outdoors on a regular basis or else a cloud of darkness finds it’s way into my mind and body.

But with the Spring Equinox on its way, I’m already adjusting my schedule for evening surf sessions, paddle tennis and walks on the beach. Then on Tuesday, March 20th, night and day (dark/light) will be given its day so to speak when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.

The thought of giving light and dark equal billing is fascinating to me, because when you think about it, where would they be without each other? How would we differentiate light without dark or a foreground without a background?

And, just to check in, are you aware of how light and dark advance and retreat in your life and what effect, if any, does it play on your mood?

Personally, if I don’t administer a daily dose of light to me on a regular basis, I find myself slipping into a state of negativity (darkness). This negativity manifests itself as a form of Resistance, and before you know it, I’m in the loop of rejecting the very things that keep me in a state of joy (light).

But then again, if it weren’t for Resistance, what would we have to compare the joy we experience when in the light against the experience we have when a cloud of negativity (dark) hovers above us.

In my line of work (actor, acting coach, and poet), we encourage each other, and we are invited to become consciously aware of what we are experiencing at the moment, be it light or dark, or when the two coincide (laughing/crying).

This type of practice is liberating because we can label the feelings while experiencing them thoroughly without forming an attachment to them and then falling into the trap of trying to play any kind of end result.

How would we differentiate light without dark? Photo Courtesy Thinkstock.

Ultimately, this practice is to discover if those feelings are in service to the immediate task at hand, the writer’s words, director’s vision and our artistic vision. If they are, then that momentum usually can plow through the negativity to reunite with joy on the other side.

Once back in the groove we can witness light and dark walk hand in hand into the sunset, only to start all over again, tomorrow!

Guy Camilleri is a Venice-based actor, acting coach, and poet. He teaches regular classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Electric Lodge, in Venice. His private coaching specializes in creating characters for film, television and stage, audition preparation, self-taped auditions, original reels and career consultation. To audit, enroll in a class or book a coaching session, go to www.guycamilleri.com. Follow Guy on Instagram @guy-camilleri and Facebook.

Related Posts

Was This California’s Biggest-Ever Bair and Switch?

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

By Tom Elias, Yo! Venice Columnist It may have been the biggest bait and switch event ever perpetrated in  California, affecting...

Edify TV: Venice Flying Carousel

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

Since 2018 Venice artist Robin Murez has been working on a project called the Venice Flying Carousel. Learn more in...

Edify TV: New Medical Center Planned for Westside

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

A medical office and research center is planned to rise in a Westside neighborhood. Learn more in this video made...

Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Venice Break-In

January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

Notice circulated following January 19 incident on Brooks Ave By Chad Winthrop Police have released a photo of a suspect...

Seven-Story Apartment Survives Appeal

January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

City Planning Commission upholds approval for 31-unit Westwood Boulevard apartment development By Chad Winthrop A seven-story Westside development has survived...

Edify TV: Affordable Senior Housing Rises in Westside Neighborhood

January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

A four-story senior affordable housing project is rising in a Westside neighborhood. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Venice-Area DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

DUI and license checkpoint Friday night at Venice-area intersection By Chad Winthrop A Los Angeles Police Department DUI checkpoint is...

Edify TV: Westside Hot Chocolate Standouts

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

With both rain and National Hot Chocolate Day on the horizon, get cozy with these standout hot chocolates on the...

Popular San Francisco Sandwich Shop Opening in Westside

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 21, 2021 By Kerry Slater Santa Monica Pastry Shop Closes  A beloved Santa Monica pastry shop...

Food Review: A Darn Good but Pricey Burger

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Smash burgers done right at Tripp Burgers By Kerry Slater Surrounded by a collection of strip malls, a Westside pop-up...

FDA-Authorized Coronavirus Testing at Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Drive-thru and walk-up testing seven-days a week   The award-winning Shore Hotel, located steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier,...

‘Doctor’s Office on Wheels’ Homeless and Those at Risk of Losing Homes

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Venice Family Clinic launches mobile clinic van aimed at preventing homelessness By Chad Winthrop A Venice non-profit has launched a...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Missing Man Last Seen in Palms Area

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Chance Olsewski last seen in on the Westside on Friday A missing 20-year-old man was last seen in the Palms...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...