Thursday, September 1, 2011

Countdown to Contentment ~ Day 16

Loving ourselves and life from where we are 

I’m counting down to contentment — to the starting date of my new sacred journey course,Creating a Life of Contentment,"  which begins Sept. 15. For one entire year we will travel together as intimate companions: to relax, let go and rest into Love; to discover the bliss of our own life. I hope you will join me! You can learn all about it here. 


For many, the butterfly is a symbol of transformation. Freedom. Unlimited possibilities. Does the butterfly have significance for you?

Watching them as they flit about the butterfly bush in our yard—mostly monarchs present—they appear to me to live so effortlessly, carefree, contented.

Yet the butterfly has gone through an extraordinary metamorphosis to become this creature of beauty. From egg, to caterpillar, to pupa, it has had to shed its skin many times in just one short life cycle.

Does this sound familiar in light of our human experience? It seems many of us do the same. We go through a metamorphosis, a complete transformation to leave immature, un-empowered parts of our self behind to embody the person we are meant to be. We shed our human skins again and again.

In this way, it appears that our contentment—inner peace, happiness, joy—may be hard won. Some of us have had to go through much to arrive here, to a place of ease. And some of us are still morphing ...

I like to think that our lives are a work in progress. Ever changing, unfolding, in the direction of our highest good—not unlike the life of a monarch.

I’d like to invite you to watch this 4-minute video, time-lapse photography of the metamorphosis of a butterfly. It is one of the most elegant things I’ve seen.

And I learned a thing or two as well!

I encourage you to stretch your imagination to see if you can find similarities between the butterfly’s journey and your own. I know I certainly did ...


                 “Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. 
                         There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, 
 the trembling of a leaf.”
Albert Schweitzer

Register for the "Creating a Life of Contentment" course soon! 
16 days and counting down to the sacred journey of a lifetime.



Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Wow! That was so beautiful!

Janice Lynne Lundy said...

Glad you liked it, Rose. I enjoyed learning how the wings are tiny and within minutes/hours they fill up with fluid and fill out. What an amazing process!

The Mind that must have created all of this is beyond comprehension. Truly, how can this process be purely biological/adaptation with no "master plan" or design? Hmmmm....