Lately I find myself thinking about light. Sunlight, incandescent light, candlelight, the light from our computers and televisions and smart phones, as well as, and maybe most importantly, our own inner light. Depression in the wintertime is well documented, and many of us may notice a certain heaviness on very gray days. Personally, I always feel better when the sun is shining.
I have always waited until the last possible moment at the end of the day, until I can hardly see what I'm doing, to turn on the lights in my house. Candlelight feels romantic sometimes, and often encourages a quiet, meditative state for me. On the other hand, I find that if the television is on, I can't sleep (some people have the opposite experience) or if I've checked my email on my smart phone or used the computer before bedtime, I also have trouble falling asleep. Television tends to leave me feeling empty and a little depressed, so I don't watch it very often.
But have you noticed that when you are feeling good, and at ease with yourself and open to others, people will say you are glowing? Perhaps because your inner light is shining through. When we feel good about ourselves, others are attracted to us. It's our job to notice how our surroundings affect us, and at this time of year especially, how we are affected by different sources of light, or lack of light. Studies may have been done to support or negate our anecdotal findings, but in the end, we are the best judge of how our surroundings affect us. What do you need more of in your life, and what do you need less of, in order to allow your own light to shine through in these dark winter days? What makes you glow?
Deborah Donenfeld is an HYL-certified health coach who encourages her clients to go deep, and specializes in helping people to understand the mind-body connection, uncovering the deeper factors contributing to health issues and stuck-ness. She lives in Manhattan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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