Let Light Shine Out of Darkness
Updated: Mar 6, 2020
As I was watching the most recent and BRUTAL episode of Game of Thrones, I felt myself resonating with Daenerys Targaryen. Up until the episode, I thought GOT had been showing us Dany’s character development into a "pure" hero but the episode made me (finally) realize that GOT isn’t about heroes, it is about show about trauma and violence. GOT has repeatedly shown us how people who are traumatized make bad decisions and can have irrational reactions that other people deem to be crazy.
What if Dany isn’t the mad queen but she is rather the traumatized queen? That episode showed Dany giving into the storm in her mind. It’s easy for trauma survivors to get swallowed by the same storm but it’s very unhelpful. My healing journey has showed me that dwelling in the shadows of negative thoughts and feelings doesn’t do anything but make me feel like shit.
To stop these unwanted feelings, I think of the bible verse in Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said let light shine out of darkness.” This verse reminds me to drive out the darkness in my mind with light. When I catch myself thinking negatively, I counteract those thoughts with positive thoughts. Instead of beating your body down with stress, worry, and frustration, positive thinking will put a spring in your step and empower you to feel stronger and more confident!
If you’re not sure how to think positively, good news - you can train your mind to do it. I like to start and end each day with gratitude. Think of all the positive things that you are grateful for. It can be as simple as being able to get out of bed in the morning or the fact you were able to sleep in because you worked from home today. Positive thinking is hard but it is possible. I’d love to hear your feedback if you start doing a gratitude practice.
As Don Miguel Ruiz said “The more you practice gratitude, the more you see how much there is to be grateful for, and your life becomes an ongoing celebration of joy and happiness.”