This Week, I Will Bring Darkness to Light favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - June 22nd 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Make It Happen Monday, Intention Setting, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

The important first step of healing is admitting to the problem and bringing it to light.

Right now, all the big wounds we have as a society are coming to the surface, and at the same time, your own wounds may be making an appearance, too.

This week, we are focusing on bringing all our darkness to light. Whatever is buried or hiding within you, whatever you’re trying not to feel, whatever pain you are bypassing or numbing - make a commitment to shed some light on it. It’s messy and chaotic, but necessary to move forward.

Tune in as Rachel shares a simple but profound way to get something off your shoulders and let go.


[00:39] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Monday, and welcome to our intention setting practice of this week. So, it's Monday today, we have a brand-new week. We just went through a hugely intense weekend. Cancer season is upon us. You know, sun is in cancer now. So, I think we're all feeling all the feels this weekend. We had so many things collide and happen all at once. It was kind of wild how this unfolded. In Sweden, we celebrate Midsummer, so that that's our biggest holiday of the year, which happened on the same day as Juneteenth this year, which is a hugely important hopefully soon to be national holiday in the US and then, you know, this weekend we've had Father's Day – an important one that I almost forgot, I gotta tell you. International yoga day, summer solstice, new moon in cancer, and a solar eclipse.

[01:30] All of that happened all in the same weekend. So lots of intense energies in all different sorts of ways. And this morning, I did my meditation practice for the morning. And instead of sitting down with my journal, which is how I normally think of the intentions that I want to set on the Yoga Girl Podcast every week, or the daily podcast every week, I actually just stayed in that meditative space, or I stayed in my meditation space with my eyes closed. And instead of thinking about what intention would be good for all of us, I just sat there and I don't love the word channeling because I think that sounds so woo-woo and hippy-dippy, but you know that feeling when you're just present wherever that is, or however those moments come your way, and all of a sudden you realize something that feels like truth, right?

[02:20] So I had one of those moments, like a little mini epiphany and the intention that came my way that I feel is so important for all of us. And it's something that's going to be important for the acceleration of the global healing that we need right now. And it's also going to be important for your personal heart healing. This week I want us to focus on bringing darkness out into the light. So whatever is buried deep within you, whatever you're trying not to feel right now, whatever pain might be present, that you're trying to bypass, that you're trying to numb, whatever challenging thing that's moving through you that, you know, you're having a hard time with, and this could be something really big. It could be something light, you know, wherever you are right now.

[03:14] I want you to do something active every day to bring that out into the open, in a way that feels okay for you. So bringing darkness to light, you know, that's something that we're seeing all over the world right now, all of the big wounds that we've had as a society are being unearthed and coming into light right now. And it's messy, it's chaotic, it's painful and it's absolutely necessary, right? We have to acknowledge the wounds that are there to begin the journey of healing and same goes for your inner heart work and your own inner healing. So, the work we do within, we also do without and all of this connects. So how can we bring darkness into light? How can we breathe some space into the shadow, some light into the shadow, some space into what feels heavy? I'm going to go ahead and suggest that this week, every single day, we make a commitment to share with someone.

[04:12] If you've listened to this podcast for a while, you know all about the sharing practice, I talk about it all the time. Literally can't shut up about it. The reason I talk about it so much is because it's such a transformational practice. So the sacred practice of sharing or the art of holding space, it is not the same thing as talking to your girlfriend or talking to your spouse or your family, the way we casually do, you know, we're in conversation and dialogue all day, but it's a sacred practice where actually, you dedicate a set time and space. And when one person speaks, the other person, so whoever's there with you. Ideally, it's someone that you trust, someone you feel comfortable with, just listens. So the what's really special and different about a sharing practice in this, in this structured way is that you won't be interrupted.

[05:02] There won't be anybody there giving you advice, but it's literally just a sacred moment for you to speak whatever's on your mind and most importantly, in your heart. And then when you're done, the other person will share, and you will just listen. A great way to do this is to use the timer app on your phone, set the timer for five minutes, a five-minute sharing, it's going to feel like a long time. And if you want, as you sit down with your friend or with whoever you're going to be sharing with, this can also happen on FaceTime or Skype or over the phone. As you take a moment just to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and then look each other in the eye and then just share how you're feeling, right? It could be something as simple as, ‘Today I feel like…” and then just fill in that blank.

[05:45] So you can get super creative with this but committing this week to at some point every single day, open up about what's moving inside of you. And I really think this is more important now than ever, and that we're not feeling too alone in what we're going through. And it's easy to fall down into that little pit of no one understands me, or I'm the only one who feels this way, especially when things feel really hard. So, opening up and sharing with someone, it will make you feel lighter, and it will remind you that you are not alone. That actually, we all feel similar things. Almost all the time. And it's going to help us collectively bring about the change that is so needed in this world. So doing this inner work, not just for yourself, but for all of mankind right now. So this week I will actively bring darkness out to the light, right?

[06:40] This week, I will take time to sit down and share, to talk, to open up about my feelings. And if you find yourself someday where it's a little tough to get to that space, then journaling, right? So at least you're sharing with yourself but try to really find that outlet this week to talk about what's moving within you. Thank you so much for setting this intention with me. It's a little bit heavy, but it's going to bring about more light. I promise by the end of the week, you're going to feel a lot lighter. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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