Are you dimming your inner light for the sake of someone/something else?
We are each endowed with a bright shiny inner force. We can feel when someone carries a shining beacon within, it’s an infectious, delicious feeling that makes us all feel nice inside. Things just seem to work for them too. Stuff just appears to fit and flow, effortlessly. We can also sense perhaps, when there is not such a beaming energy, instead a disconnected and cold “vibe” (will try not to use that word again) looms that isn’t so pleasant. Cue Goethe:
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanised or de-humanised. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The thing is, we all are all light, luminous and effervescent beings. We can choose to radiate it, and share it and increase the intensity of the glow in order to bathe us all in that sweet goodness. Or not.
But how do we deal with the stuff that cramps our lamp – The haters, the difficult moments, those darn awful days where nothing seems to go right? How do we stay bright and display our true selves to the world when it feels like there are so many ideas and expectations on our shoulders about who or what we should be?
Last week was all about getting back to basics and working to keep this area OPEN. Some like to consider this as moving from the heart in everything we do, an extension of the practice we explored in val’s day (week!). How do you choose to immediately unite yourself with that bright stuff?
It might be as simple as using a breath technique that connects us to our life force. One pranayama exercise I find useful in these times is alternate nostril breathing, which on many an occasion has helped me to come right on home. Perhaps for you a five minute disco to Iron Maiden does the trick, or putting your legs up the wall whilst laughing hysterically is your bag, or even (my personal fave), sticking a Beyonce video on and letting it all hang out. Whatever it may be, can you implement a shape-shifting , state-shifting technique in order to get back to your essence, your truth and shine brighter?
We all deserve to shine. Unapologetically! Go dazzle!
Oh! And here’s the Spotify playlist!
Popol Vuh – Mantra of the Touching of the Heart
Kings Of Convenience – Manhattan Skyline
Radiohead – Treefingers
Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
4hero – Conceptions
Four Tet – Slow Jam
Can – Last Night Sleep
Bonobo – Days To Come – Instrumental
The Kinks – Strangers
Niraj Chag – Bangles
Bob Hund – Nu Är Vi Här! Nu Är Vi Här! Var Är Vi?
Massive Attack – Two Rocks And A Cup Of Water
Fink – Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us – Instrumental
Coldplay – Sparks
Vincent Gallo – When
Sigur Ros – Kafari