"The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be." ~Shakti Gawain Good morning! A simple sentence with so much power behind it. I have always loved the work of Shakti. I was fortunate to stumble across her book, Creative Visualization, when I was only 14 years old. That book taught me the power of my own thinking and how to use affirmations to improve the quality of my life (and eliminate self-destructive habits.) The concept here is simple... each day we have the power to choose how much "light" we let in and how much light we cast around us. We let light in by "feeding the soul," through good deeds, kindness, prayer. Your turn: Imagine that you have a "Spiritual Bank Account." Each time you pray, do an act of kindness, practice positive self-reflection--a deposit is made into that register. That balance determines the light within you--and thus the light you can shine onto others. How does your account look? If it is looking like it might "bounce," grab your short-term to-do list and make some plans to fix it. Your affirmation: Today, I renew my commitment to refuel and re-energize so I may have more light within to cast onto the world around me.