The Lighter Shade of Light

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Let me tempt you to follow me, my friend, just for a little while? To suspend the busy for a moment of dream, for a moment of gentle, for a few short strokes of kind. I’ve been waiting all night, you see, watching as you slumber, watching as you let those emotions and attitudes color your canvas a darker shade of light. I wont take you away for long. The lighter shade of light never keeps me from anything so I’m sure it wont keep you.

Have you seen the leaves just outside your front door? Did you notice that they wave to you when you head to work, when you don’t notice that you’re too busy to care? Do you know her name, for each one has a name, you know, nothing is exempt. This one is Lady’s Mantle and she holds drops of water that look like dew but they don’t come from outside her, they come from inside–a gift, her essence, a memory of your deeper you.

And who else do you live among, yes the people but what about the things you forget to see every day? What about the rock you stumbled upon when it was trying to stop you from moving too fast? Or the fly that kept hitting the window, inviting you to dance? Did you hear the wind as it whispered funny jokes, as it tickled the trees and laughter(ed) the leaves? Surely you see them all, surely you realize you’re not alone.

There’s a lighter shade to every light—have you ever seen the sun peak out from the clouds? Everything has a voice, already speaking, already heard, by open hearts, soft hearts, gentle ones that cherish the delicate and treasure the vulnerability. When we learn the names of our flowers, when we recognize the stones, when we are touched by the animals and moved by the trees, we extend who we are, transforming a darker shade of light into a new and brighter, life-affirming light.

This path isn’t cement or carpeted with gold for it is hidden behind the busy and beneath the tough where so few dare to tread. Maybe they think they’ll be lonely or lost, or spiraled into space. Truth is, when we connect with everything around us, not just the people but the rest of it too, we realize we are never alone, never lost, and more alive than we ever knew before.

When you recognize and enjoy the gifts surrounding you, you dip your brush into the lighter light, painting your canvas an entirely new, brighter shade of life.



Brynne Betz

Brynne Betz

Brynne Betz is a lover of the sea, of soft eyes, gentle hearts and the wonder in life that escapes even the best of us. She is trained as a transpersonal psychologist and would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at or send her an email at [email protected]

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