As part of my daily meditation practice, I pull out a tea light, strike a match, and place it squarely in the base of my Buddha. It's a devotional routine, that helps me move into an intentional space conducive to my own brand of Centering prayer/ Buddhist Meditation/ Medicine Wheel work.
Yesterday, I leaned over to kiss this statue's sweet cheeks, and my hair caught on fire.
I laugh out loud now, thinking,
"Another kind of enlightenment, eh?"I'm thinking I'll be writing more about my encounters in meditation in coming days, as I'm naming for myself that this is the most important transformational work of my life. Listening to this conference, "Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening - Finding the Four Noble Truths in the Heart of the Gospel" recorded at the Center for Contemplation and Action, in New Mexico, is also nudging me in this direction.
James Finley, a former Trappist Monk, who studied under the guidance of Thomas Merton, said today, "It's possible to be a devout Buddhist and Devout Christian." And that really rocked my world.
I like being given permission to be on fire in faith and love! It sort of just mirrors what I already am experiencing in this crazy life of mine.
In peace, love, light,