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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

A Gold Star Moment: Shining Our Light

Full Moon-December
(not a star...but the luminous moon instead)

Blogger was being a bit of a booger today, Tuesday, so when you read this tomorrow (which will then be today, Wednesday) all the "today's" and "this morning's" will refer to yesterday, Tuesday, and the "yesterday's" will have been on Monday.

Now that that's clear as mud...

All is well on the home front. Yesterday Rosie went back to school fever free (whew)...Mom and Dad took me to PT (Jimmy my therapist worked me really hard...but I did it!) and out to lunch and then (I was tuckering out) we stopped for a few things at Marshall's (me in my wheelchair), and I spent the rest of the day resting. (I am not the most entertaining of hostess’s lately-aside from my sharp wit and funny accents.) Today I woke at 5am feeling pretty exhausted from yesterday's activities and grateful too, that it had been such a full day. Not just in busyness, which for me feels like a blessing, believe it or not, right now, but full in the love I feel for my parents.

I was reading Janice Lynne Lundy's post from last Friday at
Awakened Living not long after I got out of bed. (I'm a bit behind on blog hopping, because we have company.) At the end of that entry, Jan offered this simple, heart-opening question:

"What can you give yourself a gold star for?" This was after sharing one of my all time favorite quotes at the beginning of the post:


It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

My website for Creativity Coaching/SoulSollage®/Yoga & Jewish Spirituality services that I offer is called Shine the Divine. Why? Because I completely agree with Marianne and Jan...and what I offer as a Spirit Gate-Opener (a lovely way to tie together the work I do.-thanks Audrey!) is guidance and inspiration for others to do just that: shine their unique light...their Divine Spark into the world.

On the welcome page of my website I share the second half of this quote from Marianne, beginning with the last sentence Jan posted:

"We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

And because of the work that I do with others/looking at the fears that cause us all to hide our light at times/the playful exploration that I inspire/the gentle nudging and affirming that I give from a place of deep compassion, it is essential for me to offer the same "services" to myself. How could I possibly be present for others if I did not see my own authentic light (or star as Jan calls it) shining brightly; if I did not give myself a "that ‘a girl" once in a while?

Perhaps this will seem small to you...but for me today it was a moment of "Wow" illumination. (It is basically the same comment I shared on Jan's blog with a little bit of editing.)

I had an aha moment this morning at around 5:45am...I was feeling sad, mourning the fact that my parents will be going back to Florida in 2.5 days...but/and...I caught myself doing this "mourning in advance thing" and realized it...turned it into "gratitude for right now, they are upstairs sleeping and today we will hang out and how wonderful is that!"

So I am continuing to learn to notice when I am falling into the future and choosing to steady myself in the present instead...ok granted I did move from sleeping NOW to the rest of today we will hang out (slightly in the future)....but the main thing is I recognized what I was doing and turned my attention and sad heart away from 2.5 days into the future to "I feel grateful in THIS MOMENT"...that's pretty present. GOLD STAR for ME!

No, this is not new for me...I do this kind of thing/have moments of "aha" awareness, fairly often...but I took Jan's question to mean, right now, today...and TODAY...right NOW...this is how I am lighting up the world...by being my TRUEST SELF...recognizing when I fall asleep and compassionately loving that part of me; accepting that I am living/changing/growing/on this journey that includes wakefulness and sleep (on multiple planes of being) while turning my attention to THIS MOMENT and embracing all of it as good/healing/part of the wholeness of living.

If you browse my website, please realize that at this time I am temporarily not teaching yoga and not facilitating playshops...but I am still offering my services as a coach. (With my "interesting" accent-think of it as an added feature.) I have to update the website when my tech support guru (Gord) is on vacation next week, to reflect what I can do/be/offer while I am still recovering from these last two exacerbations. And then, we'll just have to see what happens-
I am open to the possibility of practicing and teaching yoga as well as play shops again when, God willing, I feel stronger in a few months.

May all we all recognize the light glowing within, and allow it to illuminate our inner and exterior worlds; exposing our vulnerabilities, our strengths, our uniqueness, receiving love and blessings in return for our courage to shine, to be our truest selves.

12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. It ties in with my wishes for wishcasting Wednesday that I posted on Collage Diva. I needed this message -- I have been afraid of shining too brightly. I've feared casting shadows on others when in fact, my light will help others to see their lights. Many thanks! xoxo k

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  2. I read Jan's post, and was also moved by it.
    And I'm moved reading your words here today.
    You brought yourself back to the present moment in such a gentle, wonderful way, and as you do so, that energy ripples outward and affects all of us who share this world with you. It means that I, too, have done so (I love the "Oneness" theory that makes this possible).
    So much love, enjoyment of the everyday, and peace to you always!

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  3. Kathryn don't you dare hide that brilliant light of yours...we all need you!

    Megan I am all about Oneness and interconnectedness and holding that along with our uniqueness, so I hear you!

    shine on ladies!

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  4. Laura, how fun to find this here! Isn't it amazing how we creatively feed off one another? And I am extra glad that you are feeling shiny and giving yourself good stars. Embodying your truest self is definitely a process--mine is still unfolding.

    I never fail to be moved by the entirety of the Williamson piece (often incorrectly attributed to N.Mandela, who actually borrowed it from MW). It rings so true that we hide our light as women. I recall one time that my light was shining quite brightly (genuinely, and not ego-based) and a woman said to me, "Well, who do you think YOU are?" wanting to put me in my "place" and go back to dull. I hope and pray that women will stop doing this to one another. We all need to shine ever more brightly. There is too much that goes on in the world as it is that dims us...I love that you encourage us to emit and live our divinity! Hugs to you!)

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  5. This moment is all there is and when I remember that, the light shines brightly indeed. Thank you for this beautiful post reminding me of that.
    Judy

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  6. Oh Jan, how sad for that woman that she was so frightened by your luminosity! I'm so happy your radiance has reached me here in NH!

    xoxo
    Laura

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  7. Shine on Judy...I just found this perfect quote that ties this all together:

    "Basically, radiance is a state of being rather than something you do, but there are some practices that can help to uncover your natural glow.

    Being present. The mind is like a butterfly that flits from one flower to the next. Seldom do we find ourselves nestled in the exquisite and eternal ocean of here and now. When you are, you can connect with your true self that is beyond the chattering of your mind. When you take the effort to focus your drifting consciousness to become fully awake to the present moment, you will discover the glorious light that dwells within you."~Denise Linn

    Namaste,
    Laura

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  8. Dearest Laura...
    Always inspiring and uplifting, you are. And.. you've been out and about..good for you; and being busy does have its merits, huh?

    Thank you for Shining Your Light and encourging us to shine our uniqueness in all we do. Thank you for sharing your heart's feelings... always coming full circle to an insight, inspiration, revelation...one that helps shine light on our own. Most of all.. I thank you, and I thank God that we sat next to each other at SoulCollage Facilitator's training...the divine opening and invitation for our sisterhood.
    I love you dear friend...and I see you right now Shining the Divine.
    ...Shine on.. love, Cheryl

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  9. Cheryl my dear,
    I can only answer this with simplicity and pray that that is enough...

    Thank YOU for being in my life.
    xoxo
    Laura

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  10. what a great blog! and thanks for visiting mine! so glad you liked my post! blessings to you, caterina

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  11. I needed your wise words today when my son's plans changed yet again for his visit home next week. He's not here yet and already I feel like there will not be enough time to spend together. Maybe there is an 'aha' moment in this for me. I will remind myself to stay in the present and enjoy the time we do have.

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