Light and Shadow
"God asked from on high, / 'How do I come down from this blueness?' / We told Him: / come dance with us in the light." ~Gabriela Mistral, excerpted from “Those Who Do Not Dance”
During a solar eclipse, the sun’s light is obscured. Nearly a year ago, people around the world observed some form of dimming; and whether in complete darkness or in an ethereal, shadowy version of daytime, we were all humbled by the darkening of the light. For when we take the light away, the shadows are revealed.
Radiant Heart is the aspect of our practice that invites us to shine! That asks us to step up and show up even when we don’t want to. But because the dark is there but for the light, Radiant Heart also invites us to examine our shadows. If the sun is symbolic of each of our life’s purpose, our shadows are a reflection of what gets in the way of us living it.
When we practice Radiant Heart, we ask all sides to be present. Not just the parts that may seem easy. Notice where you have a tendency to deflate, remain contracted, or ignore altogether and with kindness let yourself become more present in those places. Encourage your rib cage to move forward, up and away from the earth not through straining, but by being witness to your own growth. By committing to maintain a conscious and compassionate space for us to see, and heal, that which wants to stay in the dark.
When next you step on to your mat, let us honor the shadows as a reminder for us to dance more fully into our own light. I'll see you there.