Heart of Transformation: Self-Reflection
You are joyfully invited to meditate on the following sacred scriptures and questions. Feel free to journal your answers if you like. If you write down only one thing, write down a one-sentence answer to each set of questions at the beginning of the 40-day Heart of Transformation practice, and again at the end. At the completion of the practice, notice how your feelings, understanding, and compassion have changed, in relation to yourself, those near to you, those far from you, and Life itself.
Teaching of Lao Tzu:
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.
Tao Te Ching Chapter 13
What draws me closer to the world in pure caring? From what do I want to turn away? What would happen if I breathed through whatever feelings arise in me when I notice something that makes me want to turn away? Declare, “I am open to being present with my feelings, with myself, and with the other or the situation in a fresh way.”
For all of these reflections, open to receiving the answer, the response, the solution. Focus on what would help you remain connected with the divine and be of greater service.
Teaching of the Buddha:
May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
The subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child,
her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.
Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then, as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.
- Which creatures (which aspects of existence, which people) do I find it easy to love?
- Which challenge me?
- What would happen if I invite the energy I feel in response to the first question into the situations of the second question?
Open to receiving guidance and support.
Teaching of the Hebrew Bible:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.
Have I been loving the divine with my entire being? What would my life look like if I did so? What would fall away? What might come into view? Allow yourself to receive divine blessings and help.
Teaching of Jesus:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- Do I love myself? How would I love to love myself?
- Do I love my neighbor? How would I love to love my neighbor?
- If I find it easier to be loving toward my neighbor or easier to be loving toward myself, what would happen if I brought the energy of ease into both expressions of love?
Offer your pure heart to the Light, inviting Supreme Love to guide, direct, and teach you.