Your bright, brilliant self

sunshineAs I left Dent on Friday 15 February following a week long Meditation Teacher Training, the skies were blue and the sun was shining on Sunnyside… the cottage opposite the little cottage where I’d spent the week.

I took the road to Sedbergh (not wanting to take the road over to Garsdale whilst driving alone, if you’re familiar with this part of the world you’ll know why!) and whilst driving, reflected on the weather during the week. We’d had rain, wind, sleet, snow and as we left… sunshine… bright, brilliant sunshine.

Because it was an intensive Teacher Training week, which had previously been done over a number of weekends throughout the year, we knew it would take its toll on each of us… we knew that when we signed up.  As we learnt to be meditation teachers we weren’t only learning the theory and how to teach it to people, but were also clearing ourselves – releasing patterns of tension we were all holding individually in order to be the best teachers we could be.

That process of clearing patterns of tension through meditation allows more of our source, our true self, our soul to be present in our everyday life and for us to live more from our heart as opposed to our conditioning… important for us as meditation teachers as we need to be as clear as possible when we teach.

So, as I said we all knew it would be an intensive week and that in order to release our patterns of tension we would have to experience our emotions… truly experience our emotions… without trying to push them away or hide them from one another.

And as I drove out of Dent that morning after the course, that’s what I was reflecting on… how the changeable weather reflected our changeable emotions as we released what was beneath them…
• the rain… perhaps our sadness
• the wind… maybe our anxiety
• the sleet… our shame?
• the snow …possibly our fear
and each time we released and continued to clear ourselves, we allowed space for a little more sunshine, meaning that at the end of the week we had each cleared enough to experience the bright brilliant sunshine that is us… our true selves… our brilliance!


  • What emotions do you need to truly experience to release?
  • How much of your brilliance are you currently allowing out?
  • Suppose you were your bright and brilliant self, how would life be different?

I’d love to hear your thoughts… either by leaving a comment here or on twitter @ThePensiveCoach


About Jo Royle

passionate learner, eternal optimist, lover of real conversations, proud mum, frustrated traveller, (previously!) wannabe blogger, serial career changer, meditation teacher, coach & facilitator
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