"In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others."
Like the rest of the world I'm thinking about what worked and didn't work in 2013. I've been writing down what was good and what was gunk. I have a lot of gunk. 2013 was the year of painful separation, difficult processing for my kids, transitioning into being a work at home mom instead of a stay at home mom, and lots and lots of learning to balance well (or not so well). It was a rough year for us and I'm not sorry to see it end.
In her New Years Eve yoga class my girlfriend Amy challenged us to leave something behind as we venture into a new year. I know exactly what I'm leaving behind and it's not even the gunk I just listed. It's my own private burial. I'm taking something ancient that has been passed down for generations in my family and I'm leaving it in the old ground of last year. I don't want to live in that old way for one more second, much less one more year.
One of my desires for 2014 is to do more Freedom Sessions. I want to be a part of other women (and men) leaving their old gunk behind to travel new, fresh and holy roads. I want to breathe the clean air of community and respect and kindness and bravery. I want to open my heart in ways that have been previously unavailable to me. I want to minister life and hope and joy to everyone I encounter. I want to use my story to illuminate dark places.
This month I'm going to do a series on light. We're going to talk about the light of our hearts, our lives, our beauty and our stories. You are invited to a deep and joyful month of learning to live LIGHT.
*Where do you encounter the most brilliant light in your life?