I belong to a group called Shedding Light, consisting of a small group of women. We are given writing assignments or exercises, which in essence make us reflect on our inner and own true natures. The group is seasonal with different women popping in and out, most staying, or returning back eventually because the work is so important. The concept originated with and is led by a magnificent lady, Mariana T., living in Santa Barbara, California and New Orleans, LA. I have strong connections to both cities, as we spent our honeymoon in New Orleans and our spiritual teacher lives in Santa Barbara.
Our final reflection for the winter season is to tell which reflection inspired us the most and the reason why, and whether we wanted to continue in the group for the spring season. All of the reflections are found on my blog. The reflections involved a rock, a twig, a random act of kindness, an earth element, and a bowl.
It’s hard for me to say which inspired me the most. With the possible exception of the random act of kindness, most reflections spoke about elements of nature, and nature is so much a part of my life. To even take away one element would leave a gapping hole, something missing and incomplete, just as you can’t take away your shadow self. And, without random acts of kindness our presence on earth would be so shallow. There is strength in all and weakness in all. It’s all part of the duality of our existence.
The mere mention of rocks as the first assignment sparked excitement in me. Over the last several years we have utilized rocks on this farm for as much as possible. At the same time they would be dull and lifeless without their counterparts – the earth, plants and water.
The twig was the hardest for me. Possibly wood signifies something I need to work on in life. What is usually the most challenging turns out to be the most rewarding in the end. The twig speaks to me of flexibility and balance in all things. The wisest advice I have ever received was handed to me with a glass of lemonade, possibly symbolizing the sweetness and gift of life if we can see it, “Jerri, you analyze everything too much. Take life as it comes.” Even though one might consider these reflections to be an analysis of life, I see them as opening up to life’s possibilities and sweetness.
I enjoy Shedding Light because it’s an exercise of the mind and the soul, and am finding that there might be a gapping hole in my life without this process of inner reflection. I appreciate the time and Mariana’s own inner work that she shares with all of us to make this possible. So bring on spring reflections.
I’m thankful to have found this group of inspiring women.