I call it your Daily Dose of Shine, and it's not in the attention-grabbing images, blurbs or rants you post on Facebook.
It's not the day your hair stayed put, or the moment someone congratulated you on your well-deserved promotion, or when your kid decided to grace you with a compliment - even the hard-earned "I like the way you boiled the hot dogs Mom!"
There are many reasons your Shine matters. But we'll consider a few.
Your Shine matters because it can be a tremendous source of vibrancy for you when you align with it. Think fountain of youth, that endless source of energy, enthusiasm and regeneration. Your Shine is your well-spring.
Your Shine affirms who you really are, not in some other-dependent congratulatory way, but in a seeing-yourself-in-the-mirror kind of way, and seeing not just anything, but seeing the bright light of your essential nature. Catching a glimpse of this is always profoundly validating, simultaneously soothing and stimulating.
And that's two for you. Now on to the rest of us.
Your Shine matters to others because it affects both what you do and how you do. Aligning with your most energized, authentic self has a way of instilling confidence and contentment. Moving from this place of security vs. the graspy-feel-of-scarcity we see everywhere these days often moves people in the direction of generosity and openness. And you all know what the world needs now...
Shine exists in us all, and when you live yours, and she lives hers, novel ways of approaching the challenges and pleasures of the day multiply. Our innovation is maximized and with it the likelihood that our future will unfold safely, even brightly, and with all of us in tow.
That's two for us all.
Tapping into your Shine is not an automatic thing. In fact it's just the opposite. It's a radical thing.
Even more subversive, we've been conditioned to appraise our value in "alienated" terms, meaning we've been taught to measure our worth by standards and within parameters that may suit others, but don't always relate to who we are and what we need.
From these perspectives we will always fall short. When we value ourselves by "foreign" standards" we are made strangers in our own land.
Tapping into your Shine and living from its light is not only radical, it's restorative. Connecting with your Shine on a daily basis can bring you back to life, the life you were born to live.
Connecting to your Shine is validating: You get a daily reminder that you're unique and worthy. Reconnecting with your Shine both affirms and strengthens this idea.
Connecting with your Shine is vitalizing; it's tapping into a personal source of endless energy that's always available to you.
Connecting with your Shine is orienting; when you touch base with who you are, what's important naturally follows.
Connecting with your Shine is calming; getting a dose of your inherent value and purpose has a tendency to quiet the external noise and put things in perspective.
Connecting with your Shine is centering; when you act from who you are you place yourself at the center, the position of authority. This is the surest place from which to take action.
Through finding and exercising what's weak, but always there, you will discover something. You will uncover the thread of your vitality, your authority and your truth.
In other words, you will find your way home.
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