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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blend and Brighten: Be a Kaleidoscope!

Lately the idea of a kaleidoscope has been popping up in my head. I think it is the idea of combining colors with light to create beautiful patterns and applying this idea to our own lives. It came as no real surprise to learn that the word kalidescope comes from a Greek word meaning observer of beautiful forms.

A kaleidoscope is a tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads, pebbles, or other small coloured objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. Coined in 1817 in English by its inventor Sir David Brewster, the word "kaleidoscope" derives from the Ancient Greek καλ(ός) (beauty, beautiful), είδο(ς) (form, shape) and -σκόπιο (tool for examination).

I remember, like it was yesterday, my Kung Fu teacher invited me to bring some friends to a picnic in the park. I know it was over 10 years ago because I had just tested for my 1st Degree Black Belt. I graciously explained that I didn't like to mix people and proudly went on to describe my life as a TV dinner. Very compartmentalized. His jaw hung open and I saw a look I had never seen before. Surely, I wasn't making myself clear so I went on to describe the nice way that a proper TV dinner keeps everything frozen separately and everything sits in its own little place never touching the other items. The now horrified look convinced me that the TV dinner analogy was bad. I shifted into the Bento Box. A Bento Box is a nice Japanese meal that keeps the sushi away from the Tempura, etc.

He simply said, " Randi, that is the saddest thing I have ever heard. Why would you deny yourself and all of those people the opportunity to mix company?"

It would take me years to understand that my neat compartmentalized life was absolutely way too much work, very isolating and doesn't make any sense. At the time, the thought of mixing work people with martial arts people or yoga people with family members or neighbors with friends was not even an option. I have to imagine that this was rooted in fear of judgement. But then again, maybe it was a learned behavior or just a pattern that I created and believed was right.

Today, I have learned that being whole and complete means just that. Being Happy, Healthy and Fit means accepting all of your eccentricities as part of you. Allowing others to see you as if they were looking through a kalidescope. Although, the patterns may change with each life situation, it is the combination of colors and experiences that create a beautiful spectacle.

I must admit that I still prefer to keep my food separate, but learning to show up confidently with all parts of me has created the space for others to do the same. Today, I experience great joy when I can make a connection for someone else through a various experience, song or book. I have introduced my neighbor to the study of Kabbalah, another to yoga. I have taken a friend from yoga to hike in the mountains, connected a friend from Kabbalah to the woman who shapes my eyebrows and like throwing a rock in the pond the ripples keep rippling. Just as it is the Light that brings out the magic in a kaleidoscope, it is the Light in our hearts that brings out our own color and the color in others. Only showing one aspect of yourself is like only allowing others to see one color. Be proud of your amazing spectrum. Show up colorful. Be a Kaleidoscope and see the beauty in others as if you were looking through a kaleidoscope.

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