Or perhaps it is something inside of me. I feel myself expanding and growing, opening and blossoming.
Last summer I journeyed to the edge. I explored new territory and dark places within me. It was a time of healing.
This summer I am still journeying. I am still exploring…
but it is with new eyes and a grateful heart
I have discovered so much that I never thought possible. The world around me is more vivid, more beautiful, more alive. And me…I feel more alive than I ever have felt before.
I am not sure where or when or why this shift and transformation happened…perhaps it is something in the air.
Or perhaps it is me.
The true me, finding her way out into the light.
In AA, as we work Step 4, we look deeply at ourselves to illuminate those things that we need to change or work on. I’ve also heard this called “shadow boxing”. Because it is the darker parts of our hearts and souls where these things reside. In the shadows…
This process is important. For many reasons. It is shining a light on our darkest parts so that we can see them more clearly and so that we can begin to grow in new ways and new directions. Because once those shadows are in the light they have less power over us.
It is said that in the midst of great loss, failure, and struggle we move from unconsciousness to a deeper awareness and consciousness. We feel an inner freedom. We find grace. And we see rightly. From darkness to lightness. A spiritual awakening.
Our souls grow best in the shadowlands.
In the light, there will still be shadows. But now they can reflect truth and radiate compassion for others who also have shadows. They allow us to love and be loved. They are what make us human and ever evolving works in progress.
Shadow boxing…another gift of sobriety.
It’s hard after Thanksgiving to feel light. The bountiful food and drink. The rich desserts and snacks…leave us feeling quite heavy and full.
At the same time, there is a feeling of lightness that comes from being with those we love. Celebration and gratitude. A season of thankfulness and giving. We think more of those things in life that truly matter. Our troubles, our burdens and worries weigh a little less on our shoulders. It’s whats in our hearts that lift us up. All is well. Our spirits are replenished with the gifts of love and light.
I love the light. The light that is around us and the light that is within us. Light that is simple and complex at the same time.
Like a prism…reflecting color from a single beam of light…bending and spreading moving outward
Much like the lightness of our souls. Reaching out to those around us. Light that embraces and soothes…
Enriching our days and brightening our nights.
Its brilliance dazzling and multifaceted
The lightness of love, around us and within us…