You Are Luminescent
I'm part of an epic travel group on Facebook, filled with wonderful women who travel the world and share pictures, stories, and inspo from abroad.
This video was shared today. It reminded me of a quote I read in my current favourite book, Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle.
In it, he writes:
❝ Whenever any kind of deep loss occurs in your life–such as loss of possessions, your home, a close relationship; or loss of your reputation, job, or physical abilities–something inside you dies. You feel diminished in your sense of who you are. There may also be a certain disorientation. “Without this...who am I?”
When a form that you had unconsciously identified with as part of yourself leaves you or dissolves, that can be extremely painful. It leaves a hole, so to speak, in the fabric of your existence.
When this happens, don’t deny or ignore the pain or the sadness that you feel. Accept that it is there. Beware of your mind’s tendency to construct a story around that loss in which you are assigned the role of victim. Fear, anger, resentment, or self-pity are the emotions that go with that role. Then become aware of what lies behind those emotions as well as behind the mind-made story: that hole, that empty space. Can you face and accept that strange sense of emptiness? If you do, you may find that it is no longer a fearful place. You may be surprised to find peace emanating from it.
Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form. That is why the most sacred thing in life is death. That is why the peace of God can come to you through the contemplation and acceptance of death. ❞ (pp. 108)
We've all got those dark places in our bodies. The emptiness that we try and fill with our jobs, our partners, and our hobbies.
When we're having an emotional winter, we come face-to-face with those dark puddles inside of us.
Sometimes we mistake them for voids.
But they're not voids. They're filled with something - with our undiscovered essence.
The parts of us we may not recognize, that got buried alongside any repressed pain, are not scary. They're not dark.
They're just undiscovered.
But once we step inside of them - dunk in a toe and dip our awareness within, we see the magnificence that lights up inside of us.
We see undiscovered parts of ourselves - the magic that makes us who we are.
Do not be afraid of your dark parts. Do not fear emotional pain.
Be brave. Dunk your feet in. Discover your luminance.