"Light the World" original oil painting

"Light the World" original oil painting

168.00

I’ve been participating in a regular yoga practice lately. It’s wonderful and hard and so good for my mental focus but my favorite part is the end when we say, “Namaste.” I know it’s sometimes used these days in a flippant or snarky way but the real intent is unspeakably beautiful. The literal translation from Sanskrit is “I bow to you,” but the meaning is far deeper than that. It’s about love, wholeness, and respect. It’s about truly seeing one another and acknowledging who we are in that moment, glorious imperfections, weaknesses, and all. It’s about seeing the value in one another as children of God. I’ve heard several variations over the years but one in particular touches me deeply every time. “The light and divinity within me honors the light and divinity within you, and together, we are one.” When we see — really look and see — one another, I believe the light within us combines and we become brighter and more alive. We connect on a level that can only be felt. In December, my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) hosts a month of service called #LightTheWorld where we are encouraged to find ways to serve one another, and in serving one another our lights, the light of Christ within each of us, grow, spread to others, and together we light the world. As I have been thinking about what that means to me this year, I keep coming back to Namaste. When we really see each other in the way Namaste implies (the way I imagine God sees us), we want to serve one another. What’s more, when we serve one another, we more fully “see” each other. It’s a simple yet exquisite cycle that, in turn, helps us grow together and become one. I feel it when I take the time to really look at my children as we work together. I feel it when I invite my neighbor to visit over a mug of hot chocolate. I feel it when a kind stranger offers to let me go ahead of them in line at the store. It’s in seemingly small moments that I often feel it most. So here, my friends, is my little light. I’m sharing a bit of it in the hope it will add some strength to your light and together we can see how to better love those around us. In the truest, deepest sense of the word, Namaste.

“Light the World” is a 12x12 inch, original oil painting on 1/4 inch panel. It is sold unframed.

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