Our Hindu brothers and sisters celebrated Diwali this past weekend; the festival of light which signifies the beginning of the new year. It's a beautiful holiday to remember that light prevails over darkness. What a timely message indeed.
The world is tough right now. The days are dark, many are back in quarantine (many of us never left), kids are home, many are sick & our hospitals overflowing. Lives, livelihoods, and jobs continue to be lost; it can look like there is no end in sight. If you're discouraged, scared, overwhelmed, or stressed, you are not alone. If you need to go under the covers, hide, go within, retreat from reality, do it without shame. Do it intentionally, yet do not stay there. A moment can become a rut that you do not not want to settle into & furnish. Though it can seem oppressively dark, remember light always burns within. Though the spark may seem dim, almost indistinguishable, it's there! There's always an ember of hope because you have life. This too shall pass. Feel your feelings and allow them to flow through you. Do not dwell too long in the lonely cave of fear, diminishment, and isolation. Even the bear emerges in spring ready for a new season after a long winter's nap.
Diwali honors the goddess Lakshmi on the festival of lights. She is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity, beauty, fertility, and auspiciousness. With her arms raised to bless and grant, she signifies the promise of material fulfilment and contentment. Hindus offer prayers to Lakshmi to bring good luck and fortune in the coming year. Though we all may not be practicing Hindus, let us lean into this holiday of embracing light and calling out for help & guidance into the new year. May this blessing offer you balm for your soul and light on your path.
Oh Great Goddess, embodiment of the Lotus and the fulfiller of all desires, May your grace flow. May your grace flow. Great Goddess of all Creative Power and Abundance Lakshmi rose the spell of the intoxicating sweetness of the divine; to be close to her is a profound happiness and to feel her within the heart is the make existence a rapture and a marvel; grace and charm and tenderness flow out from her light, light from the sun and wherever she fixes her wonderful gaze or lets fall the loveliness of her smile, the soul is seized and made captive and plunged into the depths of an unfathomable light.
- Sri Aurobindo, “The Mother”
Shine your light, share your life. The world needs you now more than ever. Go in peace. Namaste.
May it be so,
“Nothing can dim the light that
shines from within.”
– Maya Angelou
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