When it’s dark outside, remember the Light within.

The world can often be an extremely heavy place.

The past few weeks have been laced with sadness after the horrible events occurring in Japan. I had a student who is currently working for Disney Japan email me saying that everyone in the cast feels so dark and lost. She was hoping for some advice to help ‘rally the troops’ and get them back on the right foot after so much tragedy. There was a major lack of happiness or even the ability to have ‘the right’ to find lightness in the middle of so much shadow.

I sat down and dug into my love reserve. The idea of darkness immediately made me think of the opposing energy – Light. They go hand in hand, just like the stars that light up the inky night sky. It’s the stars and moon’s determination to shine regardless of it’s veiled home that weaves beauty into the sky every single night-even when it threatens to envelop the world in darkness. They persevere and shine all the brighter, and the results? Beauty. Pure, inspiring beauty that often leaves us in awe.

It reminded me of a favorite quote from an anonymous source:

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.”

Stars give off light in the dark whether they realize it or not. It’s their luminosity that lights the path for others who are stuck in darkness. It is our job, as believers and warriors of love, to shine all the brighter now. Not only for Japan, but for anyone around us who struggles.

Be a source of inspiration to those who feel that they have no more to draw from. Be a place of warmth to those who have only breath to blanket themselves with and be a fountain of love for those who are completely parched and drained dry by fear.

I know this may sound daunting, but it’s actually rather simple. How?

Continue to be yourself. Continue to remember life is full of beauty and that there is something to be happy about every single day of your life.

Begin your day with gratitude for any and all of your blessings. Your belief and memory of such things keeps it alive even when darkness threatens to steal it away.

I often reference an Irish prayer taught to me on one of my trips:

“Drop to your knees and give thanks that you can stand.”

It’s the simple things.

It’s times like this when we can’t forget to have fun. We need to remember to laugh – it’s an instant vacation from anything holding you down. Remember to smile – it immediately alters your state of mind; and remember to love – it has the power to change the world.

Be a star; be yourself; be a beacon of inspiration. A shining reminder that the world moves on and love can never fail. My heart goes out to anyone in need of support and my wish is that we all do the same. Your glow will fill the world, sky and hearts in need of magic, creating a constellation map back into the light.

All love,


Kathryn Budig is an LA based rockstar yoga teacher. Follow her on Twitter and check out her website.

  • jeff

    thanks for a great start of my day; Asheville is raining and overcast; But the light is above it and your blog will aide my smile today;

    • fWD15k Very true! Makes a change to see someone spell it out like that. 🙂

  • best. blog. post. EVER!
    This came to me at such a relevant time. I think we can all feel overwhelmed by the bad shenanigans going on around the world, and wanting to fight it or ‘fix it’, rather than maintain the light. It’s so true, if we all deny the right to be happy or hopeful, and neglect to shine light on the positive, we will only have dark and nothing to lead the way out.
    Thank you do much Kathryn & TDL for sharing the inspiration xo

  • maril

    this was a perfect way to start my day. I always say I need to remember to laugh more and forget the pity party. Thank you for the timely reminder. You have a wonderful outlook.

  • Kathryn,
    The star reference is such a meaningful one. There is light….in the darkness…when we reach to our own core and live from that place. And, just like those stars up above…our light can reach out and touch others (and what a beautiful gift that is).

    So, today…I let the light of your internal star touch me…and what a wonderful start that is to today…

    Much love and light,

    • MaziGrace

      Thank you Kathryn. And Lance . . . I couldn’t have said it any better. So far this year things have not been on course, but today I am turning it around and letting my little light shine. Over the past few months the song “This Little Light of Mine” keeps going on in my head. Up until now I have been ignoring it. I know that I have been living in darkness and didn’t realize my light was so dim. Today I am turning up the brightness. Shine ON!!

  • Farha

    im inspired…i truly am. life is nothing but beautiful, love everyday like its your last. darkness is only a test from the All-Mighty !

  • El

    I was sad and exhausted this day..but tonight as I read this blog, it helped me answer the questions I have in mind. I may have cried a tear today, but your light upon me washed it away. Thank you. ♥

  • Bruce

    That was bea~u~ti~ful.

  • Sydna

    Love it! Beautiful way with words. Thanks for all your inspiration. 🙂 xoxo

  • sharon mills

    This was very inspirational, thanks so much!

  • Iva

    Thank u for the inspiration! It came right on time 🙂

  • Tasha

    Thank you for your beautiful words. They were just what I needed and so relevant to how I’m feeling. I had just told my boyfriend that I was in a dark place and that I felt Gods light was hidden from me. I am struggling to keep to the path of love, the path I know to be true as developers threaten to put a shopping center next to my farm and in the middle of two other farms. It is crazy and the fact they are getting away with it is because of coruption in our small town. I feel surrounded by darkness and want to lash out in anger, but I know that isn’ t the way. Please pray for me and my family to be like stars and keep our light. Thank you so much for your post.

  • mel

    thank you!


  • BelleL

    LOOOOOOOVE this I have re-tweeted about half of it already! So inpirational 🙂
    Yours gratefully L xxxx xxx

  • Mott

    Fabulous – Thank You, thank you, thank you!

  • Yvette

    You made me smile…needed that! 🙂

  • Title poem from my book; The Benefit of Light / http://ning.it/euBKwd

    As I began to feel the emptiness
    Of the void that was left behind.
    I searched so deep within myself
    But only shadows did I find

    Looking for A spark of light
    A small glimmer of hope
    So I may improve My life
    Instead of barely cope

    I know the light is in there
    It just wont surface overnight
    Because you cannot see A shadow
    Without The Benefit of Light

    Just as A blind man has faith
    To feel the warm sunrise
    I can feel the light that shines
    Through the darkness, that covers my eyes

    I know I must continue to try
    To remove what blocks the light
    It’s not as hopeless as it once did seem,
    Because hope is coming in sight

    So if you see me chasing shadows
    Remember one thing of me
    I am not running after lost illusions
    But searching for the light to see
    Theme songs for this poem
    Jewel – Hands
    I Can See Clearly Now — Johnny Nash
    I Saw The Light / Todd Rundgren

    Jim McMillen
    From My Collection
    The Benefit Of Light
    Copyright 2007/Published 2010 Xulon Press

  • charlestz


    Thanks kathryn for this…

  • thank you to everyone for reading and for responding with love. . .now go share it! xo

  • This oh so lovely and so true! Loved “be a fountain of love for those who are completely parched and drained dry by fear.”

    • fjjoid AFAIC that’s the best answer so far!

  • Jen

    Love this “Drop to your knees and give thanks that you can stand.” One of my friends had his legs amputated at the age of 4, today Ron is a motivational speaker traveling the country speaking to students about self-esteem and tolerance.

    “Are you frustrated, tired, upset, irritated? Stand up. Right now, stand up. Stand up and count your blessings that you have legs to stand on. That is the message Ron shares…” http://www.drkehres.com/2010/12/walk-this-way-to-positive-health.html

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