"Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood." ~ C. S. Lewis
Change is inevitable. When we make space to allow for new beginnings, we have the opportunity to honor all of the work that goes in to those creations. Which reminds us that while we may rejoice in our endless opportunities for revision, so too are there aspects of all that has yet remained in the dark that must be reconciled.
Listen to it. Radiant Heart is a reflection of what it means for us to be in relationship to ourselves, and to the world around us. The lesson it can teach us is that while we are doing our work to be alive and present in each moment, there have also been times where we were too full of pain or harboring too much sorrow to understand or hold ourselves accountable. If we desire to balance the scales, gain strength and wisdom from these lessons, we must be willing to go into the dark places.
Feel it. Radiant Heart too is a physical aspect of self that feels lightest when full. It is a reflection of our breath and the upwards rise of awareness. It is a celebration of presence. Yet in order for us to reap the benefit we must keep our gaze on the places that want to deflate the fastest; the base of the ribs and the back of our hearts. That we persist in our work on this part of ourselves is not a reflection of where we have failed, but where we can continue to heal.
Trust it. The work of bringing balance - as best we can - to the twin pillars of light and dark asks us to journey again and again into the holy places. The dark spaces. That we may cultivate new and beautiful ways of shining the light.
We'll see one another on our mats.