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I Dig Within…

Face, Soul, Head, Smoke, Light, Sad, Thoughts
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All through my life, I sought solace in external validation

thriving on acknowledgement and appreciation

but, the excitement of happiness was fleeting,

before I succumbed to the feeling of nihility.

A gradual awareness elicits a perspective shift

I decide to dig within, peel out the layers to my core,

aghast, at musty cobwebbed sight I see.

The burden of emotional baggage I carry

shuts out light from seeping in.

I shed silent tears in that dark space,

as I ruminate on my purpose in life.

Finally I pick up the broom to clean

 stubborn stains of toxic grudges I hold,

discard the overwhelming burden of hurt.

As I open the windows of my heart,

  rays of sunshine permeate my soul

emanating a radiant glow within,

the happiness I feel now, is boundless!

I am still on this path to complete the deep cleansing of my soul, often failing and shutting the window. But, eventually, I do hope to let that sunshine into my core and envelop me in abundance of inner peace and happiness.

V.J’s weekly challenge : Dig

72 comments on “I Dig Within…

  1. raoprakriti08gmailcom
    March 3, 2021

    nice

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  2. Deb
    March 3, 2021

    Great poem and great topic! And so very true Radhika, many of us could benefit from some scrubbing and cleaning of the cobwebs in our inner sanctum.
    Self introspection is a very powerful tool. To see bad in oneself needs tremendous courage and honesty. But it all makes us a much happier and contented person.

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      I agree Deb. We are so caught up in the rigmarole of the mundane, that we hardly spend any time on introspection. Yes that cleaning definitely shines our inner light bright. Thanks so much and have a good day 🙂

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    • thegriefreality
      March 4, 2021

      I so agree. Thank you for articulating my thoughts so beautifully!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. DeepikasRamblings
    March 3, 2021

    Yes, and the journey within continues….hope you can deep clean your soul 💓

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Kavi Arasu
    March 3, 2021

    I too am undergoing the same journey! Hope you enjoy the journey.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Typewriter
    March 3, 2021

    I got it so so well.. Am on the same path at present.. Loved your ‘Light’ here dear.. Inexplicably beautiful.. 😇❤💕

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      A kind soul like you will be blessed with that light Debi. Enjoy the journey and keep inspiring us too. Much love ❤ !

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Typewriter
        March 3, 2021

        We all are on the same boat, the same journey, inspiring each other, by getting inspired from each other, every moment here.. 🥰❤💕

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  6. parneetsachdev
    March 3, 2021

    A poem of truth. We so much seek external validation. Lives pass and we stand where we were. On the island of stagnation and sorrow. It is only when we begin the discovery of our friend inside. A dear friend who validates us eternally. Who is unconditionally proud of us. It is only then that the baggage lessens.
    Your post reminds me of a quote in the Guru Granth Sahib which says that this external baggage lingers for centuries, eons. Across time and rebirth. Only when we seek the one inside that it goes off our back.
    How wonderful this post is. My warm respect.

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      Parneet, your words resonate the absolute truth. Looking back I feel I was so immature and foolish to be caught in the web of my ego, other’s harsh words or lack of acknowledgment for that matter. Over a period of time, I have come to understand the futility of burdening myself with all this excessive baggage will make me unhappy, not only now, maybe in the coming lives too. I know this cleansing journey requires patient positive perseverance. But I am glad that I have taken the first step here and walked a bit in that direction. The light shall shine soon :). Thank you so much for sharing your input. Have a lovely day!!

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    • thegriefreality
      March 4, 2021

      I resonate wholeheartedly with this comment and this post 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  7. BluntPathway
    March 3, 2021

    The journey within is the most important one, thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Saji Varghese
    March 3, 2021

    Very good one. Liked reading it again and again. The progressive development of the theme is appreciated. Ends on a bright positive note. The images are excellent and word selection good. Wouldn’t ” brush” have been a better choice than “broom” to clean the toxic stains …?. Keep penning more.

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      Thank you Shaji for your encouraging words.
      Agree, brush definitely is a better choice of word here. I associated broom more with cleaning, I guess :-).
      Truly appreciate your genuine feedback. Will look forward to them in future too 🙂

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  9. Krishna
    March 3, 2021

    Very beautiful dear Radhika..May you soon shine bright in the sunlight of your divine being 🤗💕

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Kritika
    March 3, 2021

    Wonderfully expressed your feelings. A warm heartfelt hug. Hope it helps. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  11. ashok
    March 3, 2021

    It is a tough way and the only way to grow Radhika. Beautiful thoughts and poem 👏

    Our Param Guru, Sri Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, used to say: Banat Banat ban jaye!! Striving striving you attain!!
    You are amazing and I wish you all the best

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      Such true words of the great saint. Thanks for sharing this Ashokji. Much humbled by your constant support and encouragement 💖🙏

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      • ashok
        March 3, 2021

        It is always a pleasure Radhika. Yes, am so blessed and humbled by a line of enlightened gurus 🙏🙏

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  12. Secrets
    March 3, 2021

    I truly love this piece Radhika. It’s an important and painful process, but something I think we all need to (continually) go through; soul refinement. You wrote it beautifully.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Sowmya
    March 3, 2021

    Thought provoking lines on cleansing the soul.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. Nawazish
    March 3, 2021

    Beautiful work R!❤

    Liked by 1 person

  15. V.J. Knutson
    March 3, 2021

    Wise words, Radhika, and an ongoing journey I’ve discovered.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Anisha @crazienerds
    March 3, 2021

    I hope you’ve found the peace necessary to recharge your self. Sending smiles your way! 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      I am still walking that path Anisha. Thank you for the lovely smiles. It just brightens my journey ❤️

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  17. boundlessblessingsblog
    March 3, 2021

    The journey within is so beautiful we have to clean all the cobwebs and let go before we know who we really are. Awesome poem and what an amazing and apt picture, Radhika.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Ritish Sharma
    March 3, 2021

    It’s a really important topic you’ve chosen here.
    While reading this I can relate to so many parts of my life..
    But as you said, I’m also on the path to complete the deep cleansing of my soul.
    But I do hope, so that I can say that:-
    ‘This part of my life, this little part is called Happiness’.

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2021

      So glad that you have embarked on this journey too Ritish. I am sure you will feel the light and experience true happiness. Lots of best wishes my friend 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Benjamin Grossman
    March 3, 2021

    BEAUTIFUL! I’m sure everyone could relate to this.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Beyond words, you are amazing ❤️🙏🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Infinite Living
    March 4, 2021

    I am so deeply touched by your poem, clearly speaking to me too – the pain of seeming non-existence that has us drown in to the dark corners of our own being as if. The cleansing journey is not for the faint, and yet the light is brilliant when it shines, and it does, I can feel your glow through this poem, very beautifully composed.

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 4, 2021

      Pragalbha, Thank you so much for feeling my poem. Through this cleansing I strive to light that tiny lamp within me, which eventually I hope will lead me towards light. May peace and love shine on all of us!!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Infinite Living
        March 4, 2021

        I love your thought. We can only keep that tiny lamp within lit, the Light finds its way, it knows where to go. Much Love and Power to you my friend.

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  22. HappySoul
    March 4, 2021

    Aw that’s a brilliant work and very relatable R! I’m holding the broom now too.. it’s a continuous process I guess 😀

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 4, 2021

      Yes, it is an ongoing process HS. Every year before Diwali, we clean our houses. But rarely do we stop to cleanse our soul. Glad that you have taken this up. Wishing you light and peace < 3!

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      • HappySoul
        March 5, 2021

        True R! “Peace” is really peaceful ☺️thanks a lot ..

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  23. Truthfully said in it’s simplicity, Radhika, we all are like diamonds who need to be polished all the time, to shine.

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  24. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    March 4, 2021

    It is easy to become complacent, to lose who we are while busy performing our everyday tasks. We need to take time out once in a while to reflect and assess our goals and our progress toward those goals. This is a lovely, relatable poem, Radhika. ❤ Have a wonderful day!

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      March 4, 2021

      You have summed it up so well Cheryl. So glad you could relate to this. Thanks a lot. You too enjoy your day < 3!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. rosidabegum
    March 4, 2021

    Wonderful theme. Deep cleansing of soul..we all need this.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. thegriefreality
    March 4, 2021

    Beautiful as ever!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Olivia Ava
    March 4, 2021

    Love the way you have written it❤️

    Like

  28. purplepeninportland
    March 5, 2021

    A noble pursuit!

    Like

  29. Cindy Georgakas
    March 5, 2021

    What a beautiful poem Radhika truly sharing what matters most after stripping down what truly doesn’t and getting to the essence of our souls deepest yearnings. It’s always a cleansing of the soul! Lovely words penned! 💖❤️

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  30. Erlyn Olivia
    March 6, 2021

    Deep, very deep message. Beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. judeitakali
    March 10, 2021

    Beautiful message of hope

    Like

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