light a candle and let shine

We are told as children to “let our light shine.” But the problem has been that over time our light dims with the slog and schmutz of life. And it seems to be more difficult to figure out where and when it’s OK to be ourselves.

How do we practice letting our lights shine?

What and how do we practice letting our lights shine?

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It takes practice. Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band- This Little Light of Mine (Live In Dublin)

get comfortable being the odd one out, the seed planter, the truth teller it will help you come back to your center.

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a couple of tips to practice – literally light a candle.

if you order something, and it’s not what you wanted, practice saying something.  if you disagree with a friend, child or spouse, practice sharing your thoughts. the last one isn’t easy but if you can practice sharing and shining it doesn’t seem so daunting.

Light that candle!

#artheals #practicepausing

the gospel song this little light of mine from the 1920’s later became song for the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine

I Saw You in the Water a line in the song Cringe by Matt Maeson

Matt Maeson – Cringe (Stripped) Lyrics

I first heard Cringe – stripped version by Matt Maeson, it was on the radio – haven’t heard on the radio since, it has now been months. I searched the song online and found it on YouTube. As I was listening, I scrolled down to the comments – it was very heartbreaking to read what people had to say, they were moved enough to share and wanted to discuss.

I said just tired and she said you’re just tired, leaves the listener thinking that “she said” high and not tired and I heard fine so…

The line Don’t I make you cringe seems to be a bit confessional and also realizing that life can bring us to our knees.

Also the line I saw you in the water, seems to be a topic discussion – “what does it mean.” It can mean a variety of things, depending who’s listening so maybe it can be a simple as water heals.

When art comes from pain we have an opportunity to open up a little more. To be able to sit with the pain takes practice and it seems that’s why we need to keep listening, reading and telling stories so that the pain may dissipate even if it’s just for a bit.

Matt Maeson – “Cringe” (Official Video)

Everyone I know goes away in the end…

Hurt by Johnny Cash

Hurt – Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor






The Jewish prayer of Mourning

kaddish Jewish prayer for deathHow do we hold space for the deep losses we as individuals and as a community feel. The traditional Jewish prayer of mourning, the Kaddish a prayer traditional recited for the dead.

From Here and Now – composer Osvaldo Golijov On Kaddish And The ‘Transcendence’ Of Music For Mourners



If I Die Young


From NPR – Parents Lose Their Daughter And Their Life Savings To Opioids

Song played at funeral by The Band Perry 

If I die young, bury me in satin. Lay me down on a bed of roses. Sink me in the river.

Lord, make me a rainbow. I’ll shine down on my mother. She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors.

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