Is Sparkle Missing from Your Life?

Place of Serenity | Let your light shine!Is Sparkle Missing From Your Life?

Your ‘sparkle’ is your enthusiasm and open-heartedness. Your capacity for joy and laughter.

Sometimes it feels like that glow has been lost. Especially in the darkest months of winter, we can lose our sense of hope and brightness.

This is an invitation to reignite and connect back to your own inner light.

The Light Within You!

Namaste!’  Place of Serenity | share your sparkle

This sacred greeting means ‘the light in me greets the light in you.’

It’s a lovely reminder of the deeper, more meaningful connection we can make with one another.

It goes deeper than the superficial labels of designer clothes, job title, where you live, skin colour or any other surface-level judgment based on appearance or ‘label’.

Namaste’ acknowledges the special uniqueness that each of us carries within. When you walk past strangers, or meet friends and family – look for the best in them. Smile, let your face, literally, ‘light up’.

You have your own sparkle for life. It’s there, when we remember. Share your light!

Sometimes this light can grow dim, especially when life becomes too busy, you’ve lost your way or grief has set in.

Celebration of Light

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, December brings us the darker evenings.

It can mean that you are one of many people who suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The long dark nights and sometimes overcast days can leave you feeling heavy and down.

Yet in these darkest months, humans celebrate the light.

In early November there is Diwali, a ‘colourful, vibrant festival celebrated every year by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world. It’s a celebration of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil.’

More about the Festival of Diwali here.

The Jewish Festival of Lights, called Hanukkah, takes place towards the end of November, beginning of December. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime ‘festival of lights,’ celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

More here about the lighting of candles on the sacred candleholder known as a Menorah and about Hanukkah here.

During late November and December, we can experience the splendour of sparkle and light all around us, even in a secular way.

Glittering high street illuminations, Christmas tree lights, shop window extravaganzas and candles. They all create a sense of magic and light up the dark evenings.

Winter Illuminations and Trails in cities and National Trust Properties have become increasingly popular in recent times.

More Sparkle in your Life During Winter – Light a Candle

Advent candles provide a chance to bring a thoughtful anticipation to the coming weeks of Christmas.

And candlelight in general is not brash or overwhelming. Its gentle flame can contain as much meaning as you wish.

Light a candle for:

  • hope
  • peace
  • a prayer
  • in honour of someone
  • a celebration
  • love

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I tend to start each of my meditation classes with the lighting of tea-light candles.

We each set our intention for the session so we can bring significant meaning to what we’re doing. Lighting a candle can be the cue for it all to begin.

Set your Intention

We often rush headlong into our daily lives. A lovely idea is to set your intention at the start of each day. It can be something simple like:

I’d like to be as mindful in each moment as I can. Place of Serenity | The sparkle of Christmas

This means you are clear about your direction and purpose.

Your intention lights the way.

Each time you set your intention, imagine you are switching up the brightness in your heart. Then anything you do will come from the sparkle and light of an open heart space.

Know that little light of yours? Let it shine!

Light illuminates dark and gloom, bringing hope and inspiration.

~ Diana Cooper


Useful Links

Christmas Lights and Winter Illuminations at National Trust properties and gardens around the country
The Different Festivals of Light Celebrated Around the World
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Diwali
Hanukkah


 Yvette Jane

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This blog post has been updated since first published in December 2014

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6 Comments

  1. Kate Loving Shenk on 07/12/2014 at 2:59 pm

    This time of year is naturally more mindful, as the long dark nights allow for more peaceful moments in solitude.

    • Yvette on 07/12/2014 at 3:12 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you for sharing this Kate.

  2. Jacqui Malpass on 07/12/2014 at 4:48 pm

    I love candles and at the moment I have my log fires going – lots of gorgeous flames to lose myself in

    • Yvette on 07/12/2014 at 5:10 pm

      I love log fires too. The flames are very hypnotic! Thank you for sharing Jacqui.

  3. Wendy Tomlinson on 08/12/2014 at 9:20 am

    Lovely post. It’s so important to set our intentions and you know I’m going to be singing at the top of my voice all day long now “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine….”

    • Yvette on 08/12/2014 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Wendy, enjoy your singing and your shining!

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