This time of the year is all about the light. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, commemorating the miracle of how the candles in the temple burned for eight nights, even though there was only enough oil to last for for one. Houses are decked in holiday lights. And Jesus was born under the light of the star of Bethlehem.
But in nature, this is the darkest time of the year.
And so we have to go inward to find our own light.
If we’re feeling confident, creative, appreciated, it’s pretty easy to tap into our own glowing goodness. We radiate love and compassion, for ourselves and others. And our shining light reflects on another person, creating an even bigger light.
But what about those other moments when sadness, frustration, even hopelessness overwhelm us?
Even if your light is not roaring in radiant flame, it is still burning. It may be just a tiny glow of an ember, but it is a spark for hope. It may be a faint flicker but it is alight because you are alive.
And really, all you need to do is fan the flame with a single spoken gratitude, the smallest of thank you’s and I promise you, the light will grow.
And when your light grows, the light around you grows. And suddenly, miraculously, you are no longer huddled in darkness. You are shining, radiating, basquing in the richest, truest light that is all of us.
May you find your light, know your light, and shine your light in the world.
“I honor the place in me where the entire universe resides.
I honor the place in me of love and light, truth and peace.
I honor the place in me where, when I am in that place in me, and you are in that place in you, then there is only one of us.”
~ translation of the word Namasté
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