This practice is a wonderful example of how mindfulness helps us to see what we have learned to ignore through force of habit. In the modern world we tend to take light for granted, but before the advent of electricity in the early part of the 20th century, light was precious, even sacred.
Expand your awareness of light in all its forms, bright and dim, direct and reflected
Post the word “Light” or a symbol of a shining light bulb in appropriate places, including on or near light switches.
When we bring attention to light, we find it everywhere, as sunlight and artificial, bright and dim light, twilight, the gloaming, direct and reflected light, white and multicoloured. It shines through autumn leaves turning them bronze and gold. It moves slowly across the floor, revealing the movement of the earth. It fills the expanse of sky above us even when hidden by clouds or the shadow of the earth.
The Buddha’s teaching is said to have “brought light into darkness” so that people could see the truth for themselves. The Buddha also instructed his followers to “be a lamp unto yourselves” so that they could use the light of the awareness to see clearly.
So take a few moments to watch this video courtesy of the Global Oneness Project. It is a visual journey of beauty and serenity through cycles of light, water, wind and earth. Consider your relationship to these elements; consider the oneness of all life.
A film by Global Oneness Project.
Video from KarmaTube
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