“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”
–Hāfez of Shiraz-
I chose this week’s quote in response to an email I received from a reader. The email was disturbing and heart-breaking. This individual professed irreconcilable hatred for himself, and proceeded to go through the long list of ailments, injustices, and suffering that has defined his life.
I plan to write a longer article that includes my response to that email, but for now let me say this: I know what it is like to feel alone, afraid, and full of self-hatred. I would think that many of us have experienced these feelings at one time or another, but we must remember that the suffering in our lives need not define us.
It is easier said than done, and it takes practice in conscious behavior, but it is more than possible. The light of being Hāfez refers to is the supreme power of human consciousness. And what defines that consciousness is our will, the greatest gift this universe has to give. It shapes our existence through the choices we make.
So when you are alone in the dark, flip that switch, and shine the light of consciousness on all your suffering. Only in that light does the pain begin to dissipate.
Wishing you peace of mind and strength of heart.
By Terence Stone
Photograph by Nick Russil
Chief Editor and Founder of Urban Spiritual, I’m a classically trained (and training) actor and singer living in New York City, who has performed in the U.S. and Europe. I’m also a writer, traveller, meditator, arts-lover, and well-being enthusiast.