Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Transformation

The writer Ellen Bass said, "There's a part of every living thing that wants to become itself...the tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one. That is spirituality."

Spirituality and transformation go hand in hand. Transformation is a shedding of old ways, old habits, and old thinking, especially those that are detrimental to our growth. Some of us go into it willingly, while others go into it kicking and screaming because of a refusal to admit or accept change. Whatever the case, transformation implies a marked change in life. When your need to change outweighs your need to remain stuck and stagnant, transformation is around the corner.  Be ready!

In the process, though, we sometimes cling to our old ways, resisting the new with indecisiveness while wavering between fear and doubt. But we can start with small changes by mixing up the routine of the day, so we can develop newer and better habits that will promote our growth or healing. Try taking a different way to work or school.  If you are right-handed, do things with your left hand, and vice versa.  Small changes will lead to bigger changes. Doing something new and different increases your joy, enthusiasm and zest for life. New things give new perspective. This shows Spirit that we are willing to accept change, and in turn, Spirit will live in and through all of our transformations.

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