The Season of Light

Be Well Be Happy
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When I learned about the inner “chakras” - energy centers - that spiral around the spine up through the crown of the head, the color for the heart one, “anahata,” was taught as “green with a pink center.” I love this color description as I imagine the light within each of us to originate in this pink center and emanate forward binding us all in a thread of light. 

This is the season of light, starting in November with the festival of lights and continuing with the season upon us. The “light” times signify the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It is a time of acknowledging the difficulties, not pushing them away, and allowing space for that beam of joy, peace and love to be present within and shine forth. 

No matter what has happened or is happening, this is exactly where we are supposed to be at this moment in time. This may be hard to swallow, much less accept; going this route, though, brings a sense of relief. Resisting it only brings on the stress. If this is where I am supposed to be with hardships, lack, loss, whatever, it can only get better. I spent some time thinking about this and it not only makes a lot of sense but also helps to let go of all of the stories. Why is this? How did that happen? How can I be ok? Wasting time thinking about all of it. Rather, focusing on something that is sound, secure, unshakeable - that light within. If we can sit with that in stillness, we will discover the enormous strength and security that it provides. 

Maybe this year is different in a good way. Maybe we are not rushing and doing and stressing like in past years. We should take that as a sign that we can make the Season of Light whatever we want it to be and not what it should be or has been in the past. And it could feel good. Letting go of resistance and rigidity, imagining the shield of that going away and feeling ok. We have the power of our minds and the compassion in our hearts to make our lives not so full of burdens but more full of lightness and light. 

If you have trouble accessing your light within, imagine sitting in front of the sun on a hot summer evening and the rays seem to be directed right at you. I like to do this with my eyes squinted and the rays of light seem to come right in. I often say in my yoga classes when we have the sunset vision during the summer evening class: “may the rays of the sun illuminate our hearts, enlighten our minds and nourish our souls.”

Let there be light, peace, joy and love.

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate.  May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

By  Paulette Mancuga 

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