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Shining Like the Sun - Practice Challenge

Guest Author: 
Steven Crandell

Did you know you are shining like the sun this very minute?

  1. Go look in the mirror. Instead of seeing your faults and what you lack, look deeper. Look for the light we all shine in our own unique way.
  2. While you're in front of the mirror, give yourself space and stillness and imagine someone you love deeply or something that brings you joy. Imagine a time you gave of yourself to someone who was touched by your giving.
  3. There, can you see it? The light in your eyes?... that's it.... that's you shining!

And these are only a very few of the myriad ways you can shine.

This inspiration comes from a meditation of Richard Rohr, OFM called "Inner Light." Here is the longer quote from Thomas Merton I found in Father Richard's piece:

"I have the immense joy of being a [human being], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun." — Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Image Books: 1968), 157.

And here is a quote from the Buddha:

"Be your own light."

(These were his last words, according to tradition.) 

And here is a quote from Sufi Islam:

"When we make it a lifelong practice to shine the light of compassionate awareness of ourself, our shadow gently begins to diminish, and we come closer to discovering our radiant, divine Self."- Imam Jamal Rahman from Spiritual Gems of Islam (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2013, 40)

And this from Jesus:

"You are the light of the world. . . . Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." — Matthew 5:14, 16

Share your favorite quote about spiritual light in the comments, if you feel so inspired. And please share your light today by shining like Merton's sun for everyone and everything you encounter.

Blessings to you all. (And thanks to Center for Action and Contemplation for making Father Richard's writing available to us all !)


Steven Crandell is SDI's Director of Content & PhilanthropyAn author with experience directing strategy and messaging for nonprofits, philanthropy and business, he now guides SDI's storytelling and education. He has responsibility our website, our blog, social media, our webinars, "Connections" and "Discover" our free quarterly and monthly newsletters. ( Sign up here: http://www.sdiworld.org/content/subscribe-discover-listen .) He also works under the direction of Executive Director Anil Singh-Molares to facilitate our fundraising.


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