A few weeks ago I started a new “daily ritual” which has increased my energy levels, awareness and general well-being immensely. Since I am lucky enough to work basically to my own timetable, this usually includes watching the sun rise above the building opposite my apartment as I do my stretching exercises (before you start, it’s only 10-15 minutes but it makes a big difference!)
This morning was particularly inspiring. And amusing to my furtive imagination…With morning mist still colouring the sky, the sun peeked above the building like a bald man’s scalp after a day on the beach. Ok, not as poetic as my usual analogies, but that’s what I remember thinking 😀 As the pink scalp turned to an orange ball of fire, something made me take a picture through the net curtain. That something was a certain modesty and sense of self-preservation, as I was doing my stretching exercises, which as you may imagine, I was not doing fully clothed to face the icy air outside…
Seriously, though, I realised a little later what that something was. It made me think about how I see people. Well, most people, anyway. Some people’s light shines so brightly it lights up the room when they enter. But most of us hide our light behind layers of self-consciousness and, as I said in my last post, our fears of how the world may judge us.
From an early age I learnt to see the good in people before the bad. I have also always been very quick to open up to people, way beyond what you might describe as “wearing your heart on your sleave”, though that is also true (my face always gives away my feelings..!) That did mean people took advantage of me, it’s true, which was my particular reason for drawing the curtain over my light. I use the past tense because these days I only attract into my life people who respect and love me for who I am. I can truly say that I have pulled back the curtain and am not afraid to let that light shine. So far I can report only the most amazing experiences and relationships.
Now, when I meet people, I actively seek out the light in others. I know it’s there, everyone has it. It is one of the manifestations of my Life Purpose that by listening and prompting with a few key questions, I can at least begin to see the glimmer of what really inspires them. Actually I can usually sense it before I see it and with some it’s very easy – it may be veiled but only with the sort of thin net curtain that protects my modesty in the morning.
So I challenge you to look inside yourself and be inspired to pull back the comfort of life’s protective curtains and let your true self show. Those around you will either hide away from your light or be drawn to you as never before. These are the people that you need around you and will reflect your light back on you. The rest are negative influences you can definitely do without.
You can burn brighter than the sun, too*…here’s a cover of the Fun song I just love…
(*As my astronomer brother pointed out, the sun is only “a poxy type G Yellow Dwarf. Aim higher”. So the definitive version of my own affirmation is: “I will shine brighter than a Gamma Ray Burst. Or something-even-brighter-that-hasn’t-been-discovered-yet”. Inspiration with a touch of humour – I don’t take myself too seriously. Life is for living and for laughing.😃)