Fireflies and Light

Emitting our own light

Emitting our own light

Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle family tree. They are winged beetles that are typically called fireflies or lightning bugs known for their unique feature of being able to generate light in order to attract mates or prey. The light production in fireflies is due to a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. An enzyme called luceriface acts on lucifern (the light emitting compound), and which then combines with magnesium ions, ATP (cellular energy compound), and oxygen to produce a glowing light in the lower abdomen of a firefly.

Nature is incredibly smart, and intuitive. It has much to teach us. From the firely, we can see how nature has shown us that we have light within us. It is generated from what we have and not from an external source. You don’t need anyone else to tell you’re bright. You shine on your own.

Our inner light and energy has always been there and will always be there. It typically gets hidden of layers of what we tell ourselves. Maybe we say we aren’t good, strong, smart, kind or loving enough. No. We ARE all those things naturally. The goodness and light that resides within us – IS there. We just get lost sometimes and we need help tapping into that.

Here’s how I do it…

– When I’m on my yoga mat, trying to work on a difficult pose, find myself struggling and decide to pull back, that’s showing compassion, which in turn helps me tap into that inner goodness.

– When I’m in a vinyasa practice that requires me to tune out the world and just focus on my breathing – I am in the process of looking inside myself and getting to know me for me.

– When my teachers tell me to set an intention or show gratitude towards my body – I communicate within.

– When we meditate, or breathe mindfully with awareness, or wish good things for people, or even just smile at someone, we are showing our true nature – which is to be kind and good.

All the above are examples of how we can slowly go inward and illuminate the noble parts of ourselves.

You might say – well DUH. I don’t need yoga to help realize  that when my inner light is on – I am confident, happy, and at peace. I completely agree with you. The biggest example of someone who didn’t a mat to realize any of this is, is Anne Frank. In a cramped attic, hiding from the Nazis, without freedom, and with death, and fear all around her -this girl wrote something wise beyond her years.

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart”

Those words represent her light which inspired so many. Imagine what those of us who have freedom, and choice can do with our own brilliance if we just reflected and thought about bringing it out.

Maybe you are able to do this on you mat, or without – either way – I hope you slowly realize your own luminosity and let others revel in it too.

Thanks so much for reading!




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1 Response

  1. Krithika R,

    I think finding your inner light in whatever way you do, is important to realize your self worth in anything you do. If you realize you CAN do these things all along, it’s easier to set a realistic path for yourself instead of stacking goals on atop another without a clear sense of direction. Very motivational post Aparna!

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