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I'm going on a glimmer hunt.
Yesterday, I learned a new word. Well, not a new word exactly, but a new use of a word. Glimmer had always meant something feint to me, like the glimmer of candlelight or hope.
I discovered that a glimmer in the new context is the opposite of a trigger. I know triggers all too well. Those small, seemingly inconsequential things that send me into flight-fight mode stir panic and numerous unpleasant sensations. Maybe you also are too acquainted with triggers.
Deb Dana is a psychotherapist specialising in complex trauma. She describes glimmers as micro-moments in your day that spark joy and well-being.
I thought it funny that I came across this work this week as I have been practicing ‘Thinking on good things’ as described by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I think the good, simple moments I have sketched from each day have, in fact, been glimmers. This practice has been uplifting me.
How about joining me in looking for glimmers? There’s no need to sketch, but you could try jotting yours down. I’d love to hear about them in the comments here or over on my Rafiki Art Facebook page.
I seem to readily find glimmers in nature.
Where do you see most glimmers?