• emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or flowing light
  • bathed in or exposed steady light
  • clear, enlightening : shining, illustrious



Luminous (adj.): early 15th century, “full of light, shiny,” from Latin luminosus “shining, full of light, conspicuous,” from lumen “light” from Proto-Indo-European root, leuk- “light, brightness.”



“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”

Isadora Duncan (born Angela Duncan in 1877 or 1878 and died in 1927, American dancer whose teaching and performances helped to free ballet from its conservative restrictions and presaged the development of modern expressive dance.  She was among the first to raise interpretive dance to the status of creative art.)

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“Fish in the sea are luminous so that they can recognize one another; might not men and women also exude some kind of speechless luminescence to those akin to them?” 

Angela Carter (1940-1992, English novelist, short story writer and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works; best known for her book, The Bloody Chamber, which was published in 1979.)

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“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”

Virginia Woof (born Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25, 1882 and died on March 28, 1941, English writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre; best known for her novels, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927), Woolf also wrote pioneering essays on artistic theory, literary history, women’s writing, and the politics of power.)

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“To me, life, for all its privations, is a luminous thing. You have to risk it.”

Jeannette Winterson (b. 1959, English writer, broadcaster, professor, and author, best known for her semi-autobiographical novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against conventional values)

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“In the end there is only light and dark. And the two are not so far apart.” 

Thomas Lloyd Qualles (writer, author, essayist, painter, lawyer, best known for his novel, “Painted Oxen”)

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“In the end there is only light and dark. And the two are not so far apart.” 



“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” — Isadora Duncan


Few of us are capable of performing at the Olympic levels of a dancer. However, through relationships with our bodies, we can develop the dancer’s access to its wisdom.

Mind, body, and soul integration promote wellbeing. And contemplative practices are the charge stations that center and ground us to the truth of who we are.

Such meditative practices include: stillness, movement, deep listening, social justice, ritual, storytelling, or contemplating nature, art, poetry, music, writing, etc.

These luminous activities connect us to the Cosmos; and prompt us to grow and evolve, harmoniously. Or, our bodies can sometimes shock us awake with warning pain.

Therefore, it’s imperative we listen, trust, and nurture our bodies as we would our relationships with dear friends.

Stay awake to The Light in The Mystery, fellow travelers!

Namaste, Tonya


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