I don’t know about you, but I love listening to Podcasts. Especially when I’m taking a walk or tidying up the house. It’s a great way to learn to things, feel inspired, and finding new voices of wisdom. So, I was super thrilled to be invited by Christianne Squires to be on her “Bear the Light” podcast.

If you haven’t listened before, Bear the Light is an interview-style podcast that shares how light is being brought into the world by all kinds of people in all kinds of ways, big or small. You can tune on Christianne’s website. Or subscribe on your favorite way to get podcasts. (Apple Podcasts  |  Spotify  |  Google Podcasts  | Stitcher  | iHeart Radio  | TuneIn )

What did Christianne and I talk about on Episode 21 of the Bear the Light podcast?

I loved being a part of Bear the Light podcast. And when asked about how I bear the light in my own life and work, it all came down to being able to see the light in others. Often before they can see it for themselves. As a life coach and one of my “super powers” is the ability to SEE people in ways they can’t yet. And to hold a mirror up to them to reflect back who they can be. And who they really desire to be.

Listening in is also a good way to understand my approach to coaching. And my philosophy about life in general. While I believe the key to having a good life is falling in love with your life and self, in part, it’s also about being able to approach the desire for happiness with solid tools that support you.  We also talked about:

    • My use of the Myers Briggs personality type indicator to help educate people about themselves.⠀
    • Generational bonds – and exploring how to break them. Especially when it come to women.
    • The importance of holding a vision for someone. And continuing to bring them back to it.
    • My ability to separate emotion from logic. While that doesn’t always make me touchy-feely, it is a gift I can give to clients.
    • My personal policy on how I use social media. Especially when it comes to positing only positive things.

As Christine mentioned in her intro, I have this deep desire to see other people thrive. And that comes out in how I want to bear the light in the world.

>>Click here to listen to Episode 21 of Bear the Light with Christianne Squires<<

And, in honor of being a guest on the Bear the Light Podcast, here’s 26 of my favorite quotes on “light”.

Because we can all use a little inspiration to hold a light up for others, be the mirror that reflects life, and help someone believe someone other than their own Inner Critic.

  1. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
    –RumiRumi on Light
  2. “Much of life becomes background, but it is the province of art to throw buckets of light into the shadows and make life new again.”
    –Diane Ackerman
  3. “Mindful choosing of friends and lovers, not to mention teachers, is critical to remaining conscious, remaining intuitive, remaining in charge of the fiery light that sees and knows.”
    –Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  4. “It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.”
    –C. JoyBell C.
  5. “Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.”
    –Walt Disney
  6. “Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, as without light, nothing flowers.”
    –May SartonMay Sarton on Darkness and Light
  7. “There is a light within each of us that can never be diminished or extinguished. It can only obscured by forgetting who we are.”
    -–Deepak Chopra
  8. “A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”
    ― Earl Nightingale
  9. “For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticize ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.”
    –Geneen Roth
  10. ““Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
    –Pierce Brown
    Pierce Brown on Light and Home
  11. “We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”
    –Mary Dunbar
  12. “If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.”
    –Steve Maraboli
  13. “I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”
    –Dr. Kristin Neff
  14. “Look into the nature of desire, and there is boundless light.”
    — PadmasambhavaNature of Desire and Boundless Light
  15. “Mindful choosing of friends and lovers, not to mention teachers, is critical to remaining conscious, remaining intuitive, remaining in charge of the fiery light that sees and knows.”
    –Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  16. “There were times, in the beginning, when I used my journal as a wailing wall, but I learned not to immortalize the darkness. Rereading it was counterproductive. What I needed was a place in which to collect the light.”
    –Phyllis Theroux
  17. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
    –Elizabeth Gilbert
  18. “Don’t be fooled by my beauty—the light of my face comes from the candle of my spirit.”
    –RumiDon't be fooled by my beauty - the candle of my spirit
  19. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ”
    –Albert Schweitzer
  20. “The world mirrors yourself back to you. If you love, nourish, and appreciate yourself internally it will show up in your external life. If you want more love, give more love to yourself. If you want acceptance, accept yourself.”
    –Debbie Ford
  21. “Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.”
    –Carl von Clausewitz
  22. “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
    –e. e. cummings
  23. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
    – Edith Whartonbe the candle or the mirror
  24. “It is the work of a spiritual warrior to tell yourself the truth and to shine a light on the darkness of your past and your inner conflicts.”
    –Debbie Ford
  25. “Even when light fades and darkness falls–as it does every single day, in every single life–God does not turn the world over to some other deity…Here is the testimony of faith; darkness is not dark to God; the night is as bright as the day.”
    –Barbara Brown Taylor
  26. “We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good friend who believes in you, wants the best for your, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged.”
    –Kelly McGonigal

How can YOU bear the light in your own life? And in what ways are you able to be a light for others?

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