Archive for January, 2012

Can I get a light?

By CreativeWings, 31 January, 2012, No Comment

It doesn’t matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years — we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on. – Sharon Salzberg

Before I begin to write I frequently go to quotes for inspiration. I choose a subject that seems to be meaningful to me, and read until one of the quotes inspires me. The quote this time, struck me immediately.

I have written about change, and our ability to change frequently, but I think that the image of a light going on in a room so clearly puts a visual image on the idea of how much even a small change can make in our lives, I had to use it.

I know I am guilty of thinking that the small changes that I make don’t really have that much of an effect on my daily life, but if I imagine each one of the changes as “turning a light on in a dark room” it suddenly seems like I am really doing something.

Imagine, something you’ve wanted to change, but have not because it seemed too overwhelming to begin. Now imagine that same something as a house (or office building if it’s a really big goal) with all the lights turned off. Got it? Ok, now imagine each move you make towards that goal turns on a light in one of the rooms. Can you see it?
I think the reason this visualization works for me, is that turning on a light isn’t difficult, and the difference it makes in the room is transformational.

Over time each room will be illuminated with your progress, until the entire building is aglow.

I love this image, and hope it helps to get you unstuck from your sense of limitations.