One of the silver linings I believe that has come out of this global pandemic has been that it has reconnected many people back to what is important.
All over social media, I see inspiring photographs of places in nature where people have visited, away from their normal routine, and of creative projects that were birthed in the space of waiting for the future to unfold.
Many people have been awakened, and although there is no doubt that is has been more challenging for some than others, what I am hearing and feeling is that we are coming out of this phase with fresh eyes. Perhaps an appreciation of the little things in life, the importance of connection, and all that we take for granted.
Although there’s a long way to go before the completed picture of the “new normal”, it seems that we are starting to see the slivers of light appear, whether that’s in nature or in terms of what our life can look like.
I first came across the term “slivers of light” a few years back when I went to see one of my favourite speakers, Lee Harris, deliver a workshop in London. One of the themes of the workshop was how can we make sense of this often dark and difficult world we live in, and how can we stay positive when there seems so much hate and suffering in the world.
When I left that night, all I had in my head was those three words – slivers of light.
At that time, I did not know that I was to go on and write a book with this very title, and how poignant that moment would be for me.
I have a saying which is “the magic happens in the space”, and a couple of years ago, I had been forced to take some time out from work, and just focus on getting myself well. I say forced because if I had heeded the signs, I would have done it a lot sooner, but as I wasn’t listening properly and I was keeping going, so the Universe decided to step in and do it for me!
In this space I had, I took to two of my greatest healers- nature and writing. As I found new and inspiring places away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, I started seeing slivers of light everywhere. The rays of the sun coming through the trees, the light on the water, even the stars in the sky.
Each of these was a reminder of all that is perfect and magical in nature, and for even just a moment, it felt like they were signs, glimmers of hope that things were going to get better.
I realised that the more I looked for the slivers of light, the more I saw, and the more light appeared in my world again. I started to realise what Lee had meant by slivers of light. If we are in a dark room, like a prison, but we have a window, all we can do is focus on that light coming through the window, and the more attention we give that light, the lighter it feels around us.
At the same time, I started writing about some of my experiences about finding my own way of the darkness, through nature, and movement, and spirituality. I wrote in stories, and through my writing I helped myself heal, but also brought some meaning and purpose to the time I had spent off work, as well as great satisfaction when I discovered it helped others.
It is often in our darkest moments that we have our biggest breakthroughs, our “quantum moments” as the late, great Wayne Dyer calls them. Perhaps this has already happened for you, but if not, and if you’re still finding that it feels like there is darkness all around, then I believe it’s coming for you. If nothing else, it’s a healthy way to see things – that there is better ahead.
Until that moment happens, we can look for the slivers of light around us, and remind ourselves that there is magic everywhere, we just need to look for it.
Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional yoga trainer she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo. Keep in touch with Gillie via her yoga website - www.yogamolunat.life
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