Advertisement

Awake in the World

Awake in the World

Monarch Meditation: Joyfully Embracing Transformation

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.  ~Richard Bach

Monarch butterflies go through an incredible journey. They start out as larvae; next they become caterpillars and they eat a lot of milkweed. They romp on the stalks and leaves and finally they attach to a leaf and enshroud themselves with a fine and strong cocoon. Then they appear to sleep. But during this time when they remain out of sight, they’re silently transforming. 

Advertisement

Nothing is visible to the eye that observes from the outside. An inner process of transformation changes an ugly caterpillar with its belly on the ground, into an extraordinary creature with beautiful, iridescent wings. The old form must die or be released for the beautiful, new creature to emerge and take flight. During the process inside the chrysalis, the creature becomes liquid and then again takes on a new structure, one that gives it wings to fly.

With people too, very often inner, silent transformation is continually taking place, mostly beyond our usual realm of conscious awareness. Through meditation, mindfulness practices, silence and conscious speech and relating, it’s possible to transform the worm-like qualities and shed them. Through devotion and selfless service make it easy to gain wings and move into elevated spaces.

Advertisement

It takes courage and a willingness to grow and change. But wouldn’t you like to learn to fly?

Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at http://www.awakeintheworld.com.

Previous Posts

Discovering You're Enough with a Leap of Perception
If you’re feeling hemmed in and know that there’s much more to you than what you’re currently experiencing but don’t know quite how to access it, then “Leap of Perception,” by Penney Peirce deserves a read. Penney wrote about working ...

posted 10:16:51am Sep. 18, 2013 | read full post »

How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo
The things we need arrive at the right time, and so it has been with Mark Nepo and his work. For those of us on a spiritual path, Mark’s writings possess the power to immediately move us into connection with a subtle and powerful awareness at ...

posted 9:42:16am Jul. 16, 2013 | read full post »

Hot Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The days are hot and sunny, and summer officially begins this week on June 21st. It’s the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. I love this day. In the South of France it’s ...

posted 7:27:32am Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

When Spirit Moves Us Out of Our Comfort Zone to Grow
Stepping onto the spiritual path isn’t all peace and roses. It pushes us into a place that moves us beyond our usual comfort zone. As we attune to the highest within us and listen to inner guidance, that guidance sometimes pushes us to try new ...

posted 8:04:01am Jun. 18, 2013 | read full post »

When Life Races By Replace Stress and Anxiety with Gentle Awareness
Even though I’m a seasoned traveler I still get stressed before trips. It’s not big jitters, just a general anxiety about: 1) Did I pack everything? 2) Will my travel connections go smoothly? And 3) What about the unexpected? Movement brings ...

posted 5:26:35am May. 28, 2013 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.