What if Diwali (and other cultural, spiritual traditions) can take on a new significance? What would it mean for you to light diyas in all the dark corners of your life? Would you be afraid of what you see?
After attending some Diwali celebrations this past week, I sat in meditation one morning. I asked, “What needs the light of loving awareness right now?” I need forgiveness for reacting to my daughter’s request with anger and blame. Parenting is a practice, not a path of perfection. I need patience with a friend who makes choices that scare me. Though I love her dearly, I cannot remove every obstacle from her path. I need space to process the fear of disconnection with my partner when others require our attention. It’s not my fault; it’s conditioning. Holding a diya to these vulnerabilities, they don’t have to be shadows to the flame. They fuel the flame of understanding.
If the concept above resonates with you, try this. Create some personal space in your home or outside that is meaningful for you. Feel free to embellish this space with mementos, pictures, or other objects of spiritual, personal significance.
Light a diya, candle, or any other light source that symbolizes the light of loving awareness. You may choose to read a poem or prayer silently or out loud. You could also choose to wrap yourself in the comfort of sacred silence.
Take a moment to appreciate the external light source. Placing the palms of both hands on your heart, sense this light within you, spreading from your heart center to your entire body.
Regardless of your family’s traditions or personal spiritual beliefs, I hope this post inspires you to create your own meaningful ritual. As the autumn days deepen into cold darkness, may you find light and warmth within. May diyas, menorahs, Christmas lights, stars, etc. inspire you to cultivate loving awareness in all your dark corners. May you have the support of a loving community to do so.
The Buddha said, "Be ye lamps unto yourselves." May the light within be the light shared by all.