MyTake #OMM #FOWC #OctPoWriMo #TankaTuesday

So today I am combining FOUR prompts. Two are not from WordPress, however Fandango’s word today, ensconced, goes along with the theme for October’s 1st challenge of OctPoWriMo “shining your light,” and a one minute meditation (OMM) for women, “Our brightest transformations can come from our darkest experiences.” – Jennifer Westrom LPCI am also submitting this for Colleen’s TankaTuesday #SpecificForm:Tanka.

Hard experiences can help a person grow and/or change. Hard experiences move one out of their ensconced belief, a belief of having the one and only truth, to finding out that there are other truths. It takes others to shine a light so that others can see even a glimpse of what is out there beyond their comfortable position.

The song goes, “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” I learned this in church, and it has become a song of resistance.  I like to think of it as a song of resistance. And actually it was a song of resistance in our church – challenging us to shine a light on sin and stand up for justice.

I once was ensconced
in a religion of fear
someone shone a light
possibilities were seen
another journey began

others saw me turn
away from fear and sadness
no longer entrapped
lonely, yet censorship free
I was ready for new paths

my little flashlight
now shines to light paths ahead
torching the darkness
roadblocks illuminated 
I am walking to the light