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“Knowledge is like a candle… when one candle lights the other, it does not diminish from the light of the first.” Thomas Jefferson

Reflections: Embrace the Light…

Candle Flame by Morhardt Carmen Mencita Monoi Angel
sun has been shining through
the window screens today
warming our souls and bodies
counting this day as a new gift
thanking life for this blessing
measuring this passing day
with some gentle smiles
angel wings will fly them over
To lighten up at your place
a hazy blue candle flame flickering
through the thickening night! via

There is always something beautiful and centering about the flickering flame of a lit candle. It pulls us inwards and helps us connect with that powerful source of divine, supreme energy known by many different names; God, shakti, life force… No matter what our day will turn out to be, we can choose to remain expectant that it will glow and flicker brightly like a flame, pulling in only what is needed to guide us and fulfill our day.

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” Buddha

Reflections: Embrace the Light… and a hug from Amma

Reflections: Embrace the Light…

Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy,
and gives the person hugged an emotional boost.
You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth.
A hug makes you feel good. Grannymoon

If there is anything that gives comfort to the human heart, it is the warm hug we receive with love from another soul. Just like the flame draws us closer, the healing hug of a caring fellow human being, can transport us from a place of pain to a place of deep peace. It is a simple gesture of love and requires nothing from us but our freewill to connect. As Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī  would say, “Does the sun need the light of a candle? God needs nothing from us.”  Starting today, Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī , known affectionately as Amma the hugging saint, will visit Manhattan, at the Jacob Javits Center, for three days offering teachings and free hugs to all who need one.   Have you had your hug today? More below…

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” Robert Alden

Reflections: Embrace the Light…

A Candles Flame by Ray Hansell via
A candle flame lights the night
Like the sun lights the day
The peacefulness of a flame
Can chase the loneliness away

A candle flame can be a light of hope
As the flickering from the flame
Can calm an excited soul
In church you can light a candle in God’s name

It can burn eternal on a grave
It can help someone find their way
It can light a darkened world
It can bring hope to a new day

When I’m feeling listless or scattered, the flame of a candle reframes my focus, pulling inwards to a place of steadiness and calm… It is from that place that all other actions then take place, with clarity and calm. May your day be rich with blessings and clarity.

What about you? What are your thoughts? Are there ways you help yourself shift focus? What draws you to the light? What do you do to gain clarity? What lessons about the light has your life taught you? Do share! Thank you. 😉

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: May the light we embrace, kindle the flame of our heart… and burn brightly with love and clarity.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

25 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/07/2012 4:03 am

    I realize I don’t hug enough!

  2. 09/07/2012 5:39 am

    Excellent work my friend 🙂

  3. 09/07/2012 5:50 am

    I really enjoyed the poems and the quotes scattered across this post! Love is like a flame, and we are the moths who are enamored with it.

  4. 09/07/2012 6:18 am

    I have always loved to gaze at the flame of a candle. Such a small thing that does all you highlight in this post. Never really thought about how it can bring peace to onesself but subconsciously did it for that purpose. Thanks for making me think about that!

  5. 09/07/2012 6:42 am

    This is such a wonderful post. I have enjoyed reading it very much. Ironically, without knowing, my husband and I give each other a 5 minute hug every morning and every night. It started when our children were little and time was minimal. To ensure that we had not lost our focus on each other, we would do this. Now, I will begin to add other hugs throughout the day and bring our total higher. A hug can be cmforting. A candle light a ray of hope for me.
    Namaste ….

  6. 09/07/2012 7:49 am

    What a beautiful and peaceful looking soul, Amma…I didn’t know about her and I thank you for bringing her into the light. Candle lights are truly magical…

  7. 09/07/2012 8:33 am

    It’s funny how magical candlelight can be. I’ve had lanterns (ikea) scattered around the porch forever. I tried using the battery ones but it is not the same. So I buy tea lights by the gross (ikea) and look forward to nightfall so I can feel the warmth of the glow, in more ways than one.

  8. 09/07/2012 8:45 am

    Beautiful. I love the quote at the top. You are so right about candles helping to center our thoughts. Thank you for a beuatiful post!

  9. 09/07/2012 11:53 am

    I loved the thought about Hugs…I must remember to give them more freely… I burn candles most every day…besides the wonderful scent…it gives us a peaceful relaxing feeling…That’s always good…~mkg

  10. 09/07/2012 12:35 pm

    WONDERFUL post, Elizabeth! I especially love the Jefferson quote.

  11. Bree permalink
    09/07/2012 12:58 pm

    This is a great way of reminding us of the light that flickers in our hearts and the powerful love of the human touch.
    I love the pictures too.

  12. 09/07/2012 1:58 pm

    The Precious….
    Love & Light

  13. 09/07/2012 8:26 pm

    Thank you so much, Eliz! As always, your post, like the shining moon on a dark still lake, reflects your love and inner beauty. 🙂 Wonderful poems and quotes and photos! A baker’s dozen of hugs for you!

  14. 09/07/2012 10:29 pm

    Yoga helps me regain focus. I am able to get out of my head long enough to clear it then stuff it back in.

  15. 10/07/2012 7:47 am

    My kids and I had a hug with Amma when she was in the Chicago area. It was a beautiful experience and made me realize just how powerful hugs can be. I also find candle light helps me to remember and discover clarity and peace. Thanks for the reminders! 🙂

  16. 10/07/2012 1:32 pm

    How wonderful it is that LIGHT magnifies LIGHT and multiples as it is passed on, from one flame to the next. So it is with loving hearts!

  17. 10/07/2012 4:39 pm

    I love candles, but my cats don’t…LOL so I have substituted over the years, SCENCY I think is the name of what I get now. Have you heard of them? LOVE THEM>>>

  18. 10/07/2012 4:40 pm

    I love the way you entwined the flame of a candle, the human spirit and God……Brilliant!!!

  19. 11/07/2012 7:18 am

    I used to be shy of showing affection in public. But do you know what? My last two sons showed me the light, especially the middle one. He is always hugging me and kissing me at the least provocation. He is really an affectionate boy and I know for a fact that I wasn’t that showy with him when he was growing up neither was his father who wasn’t around then. Now I’ve learnt to hug and kiss more, others and my boys.

  20. 11/07/2012 12:17 pm

    Beautiful and illuminating post Elizabeth 🙂


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