Let There Be Light
I am so grateful for my yoga practice. It has served as a place of comfort, support, and peace for me for many years. It has also, on occasion, served as a place for me to work through emotional pain, confusion, grief, frustration, and even anger. This is where I find myself at the moment.
The world is a confusing and scary place right now. Things are being shaken up and I, for one, feel shaken to the very core of my being. I don't feel secure in any area of my life at the moment, and that scares the hell out of me.
I do, however, believe that the elixir to darkness is light.
Leonard Cohen, the brilliant Canadian musician, died this week. He is, perhaps, best known for his beautiful song, "Hallelujah". The song has been covered by countless musicians around the world. I was introduced to Cohen just a few years ago, although I was familiar with the song prior to that. One of my fondest memories from this year will be my last night in Florence, sitting on the steps of the Piazza le Michelangelo, watching the sunset with my new friends and listening to a local musician's rendition of Cohen's song. It was purely magical.
How is this all connected?
One of my favorite Cohen lyrics is, "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in," from "Anthem."
What does this mean to me today?
It means nothing is perfect...not you or me or this crazy, messed up world. YET....there's hope....always hope.
Instead of trying to hold it all together, I need to let myself fall apart, ever so slightly, so the light of God/Spirit/the Divine (whatever name resonates) can come in. Light illuminates the darkness....darkness cannot survive in the light. Even though I may be in a dark place right now, it won't always be that way.
As I walked to teach my Tuesday night class this week, I passed a stranger who handed me a red rose. He simply smiled and went on his way. Coincidence? Maybe....but I don't think so. I think that was a little light seeping in.
Here's a link to one of my favorite renditions of "Hallelujah"....enjoy!