Sunday, October 25, 2009

Let Your Light Shine!

I took this photo while walking with my family through the gorgeous woods of St. John's University in St. Joseph, MN.  The radiant light of the late afternoon sun reminds me of a Hawiian folk tale I learned about through training from the National Resilience Resource Center, called the Perfect Bowl of Light.  The concept is that within each of us is a perfect bowl of light, and when we think good thoughts about ourselves, the light shines for all to see.  When you think negative thoughts, it is like putting a stone in your beautiful bowl of light.  This blocks the light from shining, and with each negative thought, gets darker and becomes a heavy burden to carry.  The good news is, that at any time, you can decide to "huli" (turn) the bowl over, letting those negative thoughts go--once again allowing your beautiful light to shine.  We have the power to make that happen.  I've had the honor of sharing this concept with people throughout the adoption community, ranging in age from 8-82. It's awesome to see people gain self-understanding through such a simple analogy.

I am absolutely STOKED about some special interviews I have planned, featuring (drumroll, please!).................Creative Women in Business!  If you would like to be featured in my blog, or know of an outstanding candidate, please feel free to comment below. 

Let it shine, friends!  Ellen


  1. Thanks so much for the "Bowl of Light" story. It was wonderful. I'd love to have my etsy shop and my blog (which includes some non-etsy postings) featured here. Check out especially the recent post on Planetary Consciousness.

  2. I would love to have mine featured as well. (I blog about my family on my blog as well as my shop. ;) that poto is gorgeous, as well. You have a great eye for photography.

  3. The bowl is a great image, I think. Sometimes it's so hard to get away from negative thoughts. That photo is pretty uplifting, too :)

  4. On the "good" computer today so I can comment at last :D

    Great post! The photo is eye catching & love the folktale - thanks for sharing

  5. I would love to be featured on your blog. I have other things on my blog besides shop items. I have recipes, top 5 shops, book reviews and some personal things too.

    Great post above!

  6. I'd be honored to be featured on your blog! I'm just beginning to blog myself. I'm a local photographer and WAHM. My website is:


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