Finding the Light.
For the first time in a long while, I have felt a sweet sense of HOPE.
It feels as though I’ve found a way through the darkness and into the light of my true potential; a way to experience deep and sincere JOY! And to confirm what my heart was beginning to feel, the same reassuring message has echoed back to me in three seemingly separate sources all at the same time:
Listening to The Shadow Effect, I was better able to conceptualize how our shadows are there to help us see the light. There is no need to run from the pain of the past. I can embrace the shadow and the light as parts of the whole. Like day and night, yin and yang, these opposing forces are essential in creating emotional balance. I can use the dark and painful moments of the past to create purpose.
And again in The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desomond Tutu describe the difference between a ‘Hedonic happiness’ that “requires only positive states and banishes feeling like sadness to emotional exile.” and ‘Eudaimonic happiness’ which is “charaterized by self-understanding, meaning growth and acceptance, including life’s inevitable suffering, sadness and grief.” And the Dalai Lama goes on to describe how was able to navigate through the grief and sadness of losing a close mentor by “using it as motivation to generate a deep sense of purpose.”
Then my husband forwarded me this quote from the book, Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters:
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