In the times that we live in, it’s often tempting to hit out against people and situations. Sometimes you watch helplessly as the bad guys win and the good ones are beaten! Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth speaking out. If it’s worth taking the high moral ground when those taking shortcuts are the ones who seem to be making it in the world. But then you realize that the darkness will win and you are called to be nurturing the light.
Nurturing The Light
How does one work on nurturing the light and dispelling the darkness. I believe that this starts within.
Journal With Authenticity
Just this morning as I sat writing my Morning Pages, I wrote about how I’m tempted to give in to jealousy and pettiness. It’s important to look within ourselves and acknowledge the darkness within. Naming our demons and bringing them into the light weakens them. They lose their power over us.
Meditate On A Candle
In our Catholic tradition, we often use candles during prayer. Sometimes we take them for granted, just as we take light for granted. I was reading about the significance of candles and lamps during prayer and found this :
“Light is pure; it penetrates darkness; it moves with incredible velocity; it nourishes life; it illumines all that comes under its influence.” – Awaken To Prayer
Burn a candle and watch it. As you do this, ask yourself questions like :
1. Am I living in the light? 2. Do I have good intentions with regard to my relationships and work? 3. How am I contributing to bringing light into the world?
Today, I’m reminding myself to nurture the light and calling you to do the same.
“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”– Rumi
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Esha M Dutta
What a beautiful reminder this post has been, Corinne! These lines spoke to me and made me question some of the things that I almost always take for granted with myself. Love this especially —“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
Priceless advice! It happens so often that you get your life back on track and then you see a post or a comment or something else and the negativity creeps in again. Lighting the inner light is very important in life. Someone always has something better than us or is doing something better than us. Keeping calm and being happy and content is a trait that has to be nurtured.
Agree with you, Corinne.
Nurturing the light is important.
The power lies within.
Self-reflection is indeed important to acknowledge the darkness and light within. Nice questions there. Loved this Rumi’s quote.
When we help some one, we add to our own stock of inner strength and contentment, from which emanates the inner light. The flame of the inner light burns brightly if we keep on feeding it with good deeds. Its best experienced than explained. Words of wisdom by Rumi have been a source of light for many generations and will remain so for many many generations to follow.