History tells us that there have been dark times like this before. The earth continued on its axis and, as a result, we evolved in consciousness and compassion. That said, this human thing is pretty challenging these days.
The hardest and cruelest part of all of this is the unrelenting divisiveness and vitriol, which are chronically splashed across our respective psyches all day long. How did we get to be in such a critical-mass place where the baser elements with their screaming-spitting fears and the purple-faced hatred bubble to the top? We are surviving-certainly, not thriving – in this toxic soup.
This fevered pitch has hit high C. There is seemingly one crisis after another, one outrageous headline after another, one surreal event after another that is absorbed into some kind of fundamentalist-insane normalcy. Truth has seemingly left the country. It is crazy-making.
We are knee-deep in crisis and experiencing fatigue, call it disaster, compassion or, even, combat fatigue. Let’s not kid ourselves, we are played out.
These current times are very rough on the psyche. It feels like we are paddling upstream in a strong current dodging logs, boulders, desiccated carcasses and all manner of grabby-push-us-down tentacles. This calls for radical self-care. Napping is good; temporarily (at least) unplugging from the news is even better. If we get frazzled and overly tired, we act out ourselves. We lose our equilibrium. It all becomes way too hard and we just sink sink sink down to the bottom of own rabbit hole. It’s important to keep ourselves balanced and work hard to minimize our own angst-driven worries and blood pressure-raising ire.
Clearly, this is why we share so many adorable puppy pictures and feel-good stories on Facebook. We need to see the babies and puppies and the kittens and the good-hearted human beings saving the vulnerable and forgotten. Not only does it make us feel better; these feel-good stories are reminders about the best part of ourselves. They give us hope and possibility. They lighten our emotional heaviness.
And that is the magic and power of light. Sparkle is a reflection of our inner light. It’s the light that shines from our eyes when we are filled with love, kindness and generosity. Light speaks to our congruence and resonance with our Best Self. Light ignites our moments – often spontaneous — of courage and compassion, the twin flames of the heart. Light is filled with laughter, joy, love, connection, service, caring and creativity.
Light is a transpersonal expression of our soul. Light is an animating force. We can use our light to cope with and, even, combat the dark-hearted energies. Acting from our light-filled selves feels good. And it categorically makes a difference. Where there is more light, it follows that there will be less darkness. And as many through history have taught us, fighting the good fight can be challenging, to say the least. To those who hold goodness and decency near and dear, it is not a choice, but simply the right things to do, one heart to another heart, one basket of light to another basket.
And curiously, I’ve noticed that there is an abundance of 3-D sparkle in our world today. For example, as I do a quick dash through the grocery story, I notice a little girl in pale-blue sequined skirt (along with her tee shirt and sneakers) helping her mom pick out broccoli. In a shoe store, I see casual shoes covered in a cascade of light-reflecting rhinestones. It seems to me that everywhere I turn there is sparkle twinkling from everyday places. These glittery symbols suggest to me that on a subconscious level we are very much aware that we need more light and soul-filling sparkle in our lives. It’s too tough otherwise.
Avoid personal rabbit holes.
Be sparkly (your Best Self).
Wear sparkles (to remind you to be sparkly).
Let your light shine.
Be a person of integrity and goodness.
Feed your soul.
Nap some more.
Onward, you light-filled being, you. You are making more of a difference than you will ever know. And, I am forever grateful.