Monday Morning Musings on Transformation

In my recent post “Transformation Is Always Possible” I shared the following passage from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm:

“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.”

Well, my first musing this morning is about my review of November in my journal and calendar… Even though in the midst of my challenges I feel as though I am failing miserably, when I read through my journal I could see how much progress I am actually making, in working more skillfully with reactions, and in transforming negative thinking into positive thinking. And, I could see my strength, perseverance, grit, and mettle.

When I finished the review, I wrote, “I am feeling the flowers growing up out of the garbage! Even though it was still hard, November had so much goodness and it was much better than the previous three months!”

Dear reader, how was the month of November for you? Do you regularly take notes in a journal or calendar? Do you take time to reflect on your intentions, and celebrate your successes along the way?

My next musing is about how Gratitude is a potent tool for transformation… I really stepped up my gratitude practices in November, and I could really feel the results in a very tangible way. With each hardship that appeared, I consciously practiced feeling grateful for all the blessings in my life, and I came to the realization that for me, all roads lead to Gratitude!

As December begins, I intend to continue practicing the art of transformation… So my last musing for today is about my keywords for this new month. I pray that my “garbage” can be transformed into the flowers of Happiness, Holiness, Peace, and Joy! ~

~ Happiness ~ One of my current affirmations is “I am choosing to be happy, even when I feel tired or sick.”

~ Holiness ~ In this winter holiday season, I intend to look even more deeply into everything, so as to see the hidden holiness and to feel the absolute sacredness of life.

~ Peace ~ Imagining a very quiet place in nature, covered with pure white snow, I intend to generate the energy of Peace in myself and to send that energy of Peace out into the Universe.

~ Joy! ~ In his book Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh draws this slight distinction between happiness and joy: “In the joy there’s still a little bit of excitement. Happiness is a more peaceful feeling, like contentment.” ~ So, in addition to choosing to be happy, I am also choosing to be joyful!

Beloved readers… May your December be Happy and Joyful!

Do you have any keywords for December?

With hope, positivity, and joy,
Sister Teja


Dahlia photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter on Pixabay.


7 thoughts on “Monday Morning Musings on Transformation

  1. I so love this idea of transforming and of how “we should not throw anything” out. I also love the line “all roads lead to Gratitude!”

    Kuddos to you for transforming negative thinking into positive thinking, & for seeing your strength, perseverance, grit, and mettle! I so wish that everything continues to go better! ✨

    I want to get better at celebrating the successes this month. Just yesterday, I wrote down “3 things I accomplished” because I tend to focus on the negative like “all the things I’ve yet to do”.

    I’ve decided to keep things simple and choose “health” for my December keyword, so that I don’t feel stressed/tired all the time 😊

    May your December be Happy & Joyful, too!! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! 🙂

      Kudos to you for writing down 3 accomplishments yesterday! I totally understand about focusing on the never-ending to-do list and feeling overwhelmed by it… It helps me so much to stop and take stock of what all I have already actually gotten done!

      I love your simple December keyword of health… I so wish that for you… I pray for you to feel rested and replenished and rejuvenated… May you make good choices that reduce the feelings of stress and tiredness… and forgive yourself when you don’t! 🙂

      Thank you for your well wishes and blessings! ❤

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  2. Nicely written Teja! I love your keywords. It’s so nice that you have made so much progress during November. I think us bloggers are really blessed that we stay aligned with our inner selves while expressing ourselves through our writings.

    For me, I choose

    As my keywords for December. November was a little difficult for me where I had to go through several unexpected situations that disturbed my mind. But with positivity and strength I could make the best out of the month. I stepped out of my comfort zone and said yes to new opportunities that I feel happy about. At the same time I feel so glad about having fellow bloggers like you who I feel so connected to, who I can share my thoughts with and who have wonderful energy. Who are loving and kind. Keep up the great work in your wonderful blog Teja. I love your blog so much! ❤️

    Have a beautiful December!! Stay blessed.

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  3. Dear Vihani,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I have tears in my eyes! Just last night I was thinking about you and wondering if you were doing okay. I thought that soon I would send you a message through your contact page, because you hadn’t posted on your blog lately and I wanted to offer you support if you needed it… and now here you wrote this comment saying how November was a little difficult for you and how you feel so connected to me, and here I was feeling so connected to you also! This is an amazing synchronicity that restores my Awe in the Universe! Very magical, eh?!

    I am so happy to hear that you love my blog, and I love yours also! Yes, we bloggers are blessed to express ourselves and to have other kind bloggers who witness what we write!

    I love your keywords also… Relax, Smile, Gratitude… reminds me of that Thich Nhat Hanh breathing exercise: “Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.” 🙂

    I’m so glad to hear that you are happy about your new opportunities. Good for you in stepping out of your comfort zone and for being so strong and positive. You are an inspiration!

    Thank you again for your comments here, Vihani…. I’m so glad to be connected with you!

    You have a beautiful December also…. and stay blessed too! ❤


    1. Thank you very much for being so kind and being there for me Teja. It means so much to me❤️ and yes it’s just magical how we sometimes feel connected to each other without even seeing each other, how a bond between strangers turn into a bond so meaningful and powerful. It’s like we are all one, we are LOVE.

      The quote you have mentioned is so beautiful. It would be a great quote to keep in mind throughout the day! Much love ❤️

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      1. You are so welcome, Vihani… I’m here anytime… feel free to write me through my contact tab if you ever need a listening ear… Yes, it’s definitely like we are all one LOVE energy… I feel as though I know you even though we haven’t met in person. Much love to you also ❤


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