Transformation Is Always Possible

What does the word “magic” mean to you?

One of my keywords for this month of November was Magic, and in my post “Monday Morning Musings from a Living Starbird” I wrote that I was really needing to experience some magic in my life again… What I meant by “magic” was something out of the ordinary that sparks an unusual quality of joy and fascination.

Well, many wonderful things happened this month, such as my younger son Gabe visiting us, and there was a lot to be grateful for… And yet, I still hadn’t experienced anything that felt like magic to me… until a few days ago… I was sitting at my altar singing the daily prayers, and I began crying over a deep grief in my heart… I prayed for help with the sorrow, and right then I looked down at the book I had just finished reading, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and I felt inspired to ask for guidance through the book.

Do you ever use books as tools for guidance? It is a very simple practice that you can do with any book. Just ask a question, then open to a page and let your eyes naturally fall somewhere on the page. Read that section and contemplate how it might contain some wisdom that relates to your question.

So, when I picked up the book, I asked for guidance with the grief that I fear will never heal… And I opened to this section:

“Sorrow, fear, and depression are like a kind of garbage. But these bits of garbage are part of real life, and we must look deeply into their nature. We can practice so as to turn these bits of garbage into flowers. We should not throw anything out. All we have to do is learn the art of composting, of transforming our garbage into flowers. In the practice of Buddhism, we see that all mental formations — including compassion, love, fear, sorrow, and despair — are organic in nature. We don’t need to be afraid of any of them, because transformation is always possible. With just a smile and mindful breathing, we can start to transform them.”

Finally a bit of magic!

Dear reader, I was so amazed when I read that paragraph! Can you even believe how perfect it was? I was especially fascinated by “transformation is always possible,” because my question was essentially about whether or not the grief could ever heal… In total awe, I said aloud, “Thank you, my Deepest Self, for leading me to seek that guidance.”

Can you feel the magic in this story?

With gratitude and a joyful mind,
Sister Teja


Photo of Autumn flowers by Alicja on Pixabay.


7 thoughts on “Transformation Is Always Possible

  1. Dear Teja,

    Thank you for sharing the story! I do feel the magic!

    Upon reading the passage again, it reminds me of a lot I’ve been going through myself these past few months…I’d been thinking yesterday about how change even “good change” comes with grief. I’ve been experiencing a grief of identity, of what I thought was home for me, of family (after coming back from my visit to Ok. last week, I knew deep in my heart that I made the right decision to move…yet, I’m still experiencing this grief, a sort of disorientation, too).

    Also, the other day I read a passage from the Bible that really resonated with me. 1 Corinthians 10, Chapter 10 “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” It was also a magical moment to me to read that passage, a reminder that no matter what life throws at us, there’s a way to overcome, as you said in another post, to persevere.

    with Love,

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    1. Dear Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your comments here. This one is especially precious to me and I’ve read and re-read your words here many times! I love the magic you experienced with that quote from the Bible, which is also helpful to me and reminds me of a similar quote about how we’re only given what we can handle… but right now I feel like I can barely handle it all! I like that part about “provide a way out”… I’ve just got to hang onto hope, that maybe something good is around the corner!

      I’m so happy to hear that you knew deep in your heart that you made the right decision to move… And yes, we grieve even with good changes… I can certainly understand that you are feeling some disorientation right about now… I can also really relate to the griefs you mentioned, about identity and home… Now that I had to take a leave of absence from the hospice work, I realize how that gave me a sense of identity… and now that I’ve been a boomeranger living with my parents for almost 2 years, I recently found myself feeling so homesick for my world… and then I realized that that world no longer exists! That was a sobering moment for sure, girl… So I am also feeling disoriented and like I’m hanging out in space, not knowing how or when or if I’ll ever be able to have something like my old world!

      May we both have the strength and perseverance to successfully get through all the changes and griefs…

      With love and peace,

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  2. You’re welcome, Teja! thank you so much for hearing me out & for sharing your similar experiences with me!

    I understand how taking a leave of absence from the hospice work affected your sense of identity. And of feeling disoriented “like you’re hanging out in space” feeling and homesick for your old world after change.

    As I reread your comment it made me think of the fire element you’d mentioned, I’m wondering if it’s a way of clearing out for something new? I remember how a Youtuber once shared a video of living plants growing & thriving again in a land where there’d been California fires 🌱 before this she’d shared another video in grief because the fires were really close to home & how they were affecting her community, so it was beautiful to see the update on how after some time went by life was thriving there again.

    I think I’m in that phase before the plants start to thrive again.. does that story relate to you?

    Yes, may we both have the strength and perseverance to successfully get through all the changes & griefs ❤️ 🕊️ May our days also be full of sun rays of hope 🌞

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    1. Thank you for sharing that story, Andrea! Yes, that story definitely relates to me also… I’m also in that burned up state before the plants thrive again. I like that image!

      Thank you so much for your understanding and kindness. ❤

      And I really, really love your blessing for our days to also be full of sun rays of hope 🌞 🌞 🌞

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