Being Transformed

Towering Redwoods with sunlightBeing Transformed is the tenth meditation in Volume I of Minute Meditations for the Postmodern Pilgrim. Meditations are designed to be used in sequential order, beginning with The Darkness of Being

You can download the meditations in iTunes or your Android podcast app. May you find the peace and joy you seek and may you be a blessing to all you meet.

Listen to Being Transformed now.

Being Transformed

Go to your sacred place and sit by the fire; when you’re ready, press play again.

Change comes in many ways and at different paces.

Sometimes fate gets hold of us and violently rearranges our lives, and then, stripped of everything, we see with striking clarity, choose with wild desperation, the path of fruition. Such a dramatic break with the old way of being is often experienced by those who previously plowed through life on a path of destruction. Now they pursue their new course with the same intensity they had the old.

Perhaps you know someone like this.

Perhaps this is you.

But for most of us, change is more gradual.

And for all of us, once we start, whatever our beginnings, the path is a windy thing, looping back on itself, meandering in a general direction, wrought through the events of our lives and the people we meet along the way, yielding its riches to whatever extent we are able to walk our path with an open mind and open heart.

It’s hard to say which is more difficult.

Our minds are filled with rigid ideas, reinforced by dogma and ideology, ignorance and a desperate need to be right, chosen, superior….

But our hearts…that precious center of your being where you sit now…well…we have built our fortresses, drawn up the bridges, posted the sentries, filled the canons.

You didn’t know it, but all these years it was your inner sanctum that you were trying to keep safe. You sensed its sacredness. Did whatever it took to keep it preserved and protected. Your ego just went about it all the wrong way.

It’s okay.

You know now.

You know that your strength is in the fire.

That change will only come by way of its power.

And so, daily, you must draw near to it. Stay close to it throughout the day. You don’t even have to wait until you get home or until your are alone. Wherever you are, if you feel anxious or worried, angry or frustrated, lonely or discouraged, let that feeling act as a reminder to you of your sacred temple. Then take a deep, centering breath, and place yourself in the presence of the fire within.

Recall who you are in the presence of the fire.

Recall that you are a child of the light.

Stay here as long as you can. Come back as often as you want.

Go to the eleventh meditation, The Secret of Being.

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