Movement and Light
“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing. It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away. While quite unselfish, it grows small.” This quote from Eva K. Logue would make a beautiful mantra for living. Life is not about seeing how much we can accumulate or how big we can make our profile seem. Life is about giving.
Someone asked me whatever could Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa have in common other than the calendar month in which they usually occur. What they have in common is giving and seeking the light. In fact, all three celebrate light by the use of candles in their celebrations.
As each candle burns, the faces that sit and stand around it are illuminated. Everyone is seen in their own unique glow. No two people will cast the same shadow and no two people should strive to look the same in the candlelight. We are all uniquely made, wonderful creations, gifts to the world in our being.
We should not be content to simply stand as the candle burns, though. We need to give movement to our living just as the air gives movement to the candle flame. Dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Martha Graham once said that “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” She wasn’t speaking only of constructed movements but of one moving the body.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” Indian spiritualist Osho was once described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th century”. His words encourage us to give ourselves the gift of creativity in moving through our life.
We need to be the light to our world and our neighbors. We also need to let ourselves dance in our living. Today on this the ninth day of Christmas, a day often characterized by nine ladies dancing, we need to celebrate our unique light and dance. As author Shel Silverstein encourages: “Do a loony-goony dance ‘cross the kitchen floor. Put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before.”
William Purkey said it a little differently: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching; Love like you’ll never be hurt; Sing like there’s nobody listening; And live like it’s heaven on earth.” There is never a better time to start than today.