When we meditate, we are in essence harnessing the light of awareness and shining it inside. This light allows us to look deeper inside, to see more, to clear out the cobwebs.

Turning on the lights is brave. It is powerful. It is enlivening. 

And yet, if we haven’t done the work to shore up the foundation, to clear the path leading deeper in, turning on the light can serve as a shock. 

If you’ve been the dark a long time and you step out into the brightness of daylight, it can be blinding, can’t it?

We shield our eyes; perhaps we run back inside for sunglasses, something to protect ourselves from the glare…. 

If we haven’t done the work to be with little discomforts, how might it feel to face bigger discomforts? It can send us running for the hills, abandoning our meditation practice with the seemingly innocent excuse of “I just don’t feel like it” right now. 

Today’s mini meditation practice allows us to gain steady traction, firming footing, and gather courage to bring what is needed from the darkness into the light. It allows us to take off the sunglasses.

We start to trust the images, the thoughts, the threads of connection that are revealed to us. 

We start to be more curious about the responses we have to the daily moments in our lives. 

We start to explore the freedom of choice. 

Today’s meditation is a practice of shining the light. Let’s get to it.

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