I am sitting in a downtown Starbucks. It is not designed to hang out in. It has hard metal seats and tiny row tables. It's across from a city park, where city denizens live.
A woman comes in with a huge stroller and a tiny toddler. Her daughter has a grey T-shirt with a big strawberry on it. She is a bright spark of light amongst beings who have accumulated many shades of gray.
I see a lot of diversity, but not a lot of happiness. There's a lot of pain on the streets outside of Starbucks.
|Street child in Kolkata with a mango!|
Another woman with a stroller comes in. She has an infant in a front pack, a two year old, wearing an identical gray T-shirt with strawberry and a four year old in a blue cotton dress. The two year old dances around the other toddler, delighted to be T-shirt twins. The other toddler, clearly an only child, sidles up to her mom and raises her arms to be carried.
The little girls are bright sparks of light. That is, their light is easily visible. Yet every single person in Starbucks and on the street were bright, shining, infants and toddlers once. They were all loved, lovable and worthy of love.
Mother Theresa once said that she saw Jesus in every poor person's eyes.
There was a form of torture POWs were put in cages where they couldn't sit down but they couldn't stand up. They had to stay crouched for impossibly long periods of time. When they were released, it was painful to stand.
This is a great analogy for staying in pain or poverty or other dysfunctional patterns. After spending many years in darkness, moving to a healthy stance, being visible and in the light, is painful.
More and more light is coming into the world. More and more darkness is being exposed. It is coming to the surface to be cleared.
If you are going through dark times, if you are experience extreme discomfort, know that it is the greater part of You emerging. The bright spark of light that you were, You still are. Yet is is no longer a spark but a shining star, the brilliance equalling our own Sun.
Breathe and allow your Light to shine. Breathe and allow your heart to open. You are unique. You are special. You are loved, lovable, and worthy of love.