Shine On

Having a moment of thinking about the people who have shed light on my life.  Wayne Dyer died yesterday and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.  I halfway attended his writing seminar this summer(the lure of mother Maui kept me from attending the WHOLE thing) and his words have always spoken loudly to my soul.  I keep thinking about all of the lives he has touched, the hearts he has helped to mend, the eyes he has turned toward the light and away from the darkness. He truly had a gift of bringing all back to what is real.  I’m part of the Facebook group “Wayne Dyer Fan Club” and therefore my facebook feed has been full of his wisdom - one admirer after another posting his words of wisdom as reminders of goodness and truth and love.  Because really that’s what it’s all about - LOVE.  Simple.  Honest. Brutal. Painful. Joyful. Abundant. Universal.  LOVE.  

On Thursday he posted - “I have a suit in my closet with the pocket cut out.  It’s a reminder to me that I won’t be taking anything with me.  The last I wear won’t need any pockets. “

 What a wonderful reminder.  I wonder if he felt his impending death when he wrote this.  I wonder if he knew his days on earth would soon be over and his light would shine on the world from a bigger and brighter place.  

I’m not sure why but I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately.  I told Robb that for whatever reason I have heard so many stories about death recently - stories of young, vibrant people or older, wiser, much loved people leaving their loved ones behind.  We don’t talk about death much in our culture despite the fact that it’s what we are all working toward, one day at a time. But, in the same way that you can’t understand true joy without sadness, we can’t embrace the beauty, power, and shortness of our lives without thinking about death.  

I had a day last week where I really struggled - I mean really struggled with the voices in my monkey mind - telling me I’m not good enough, can’t do enough, can’t be enough.  I was dealing with a feeling of overwhelm and hopelessness in the face of just normal life. My feelings were real and powerful - but they were just that - feelings.  Feelings pass.  Love remains.  

“Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life.  You aren’t what you do.  If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t.  Powerful Wayne Dyer words.  It’s not about doing - it’s about being.  You are light.  You are love.  This day is a gift.  I’m going to shine a little cookie love light on some people today in honor of Wayne Dyer.  I’m going to work on giving and loving and sharing.  Let your love shine today.