Our bodies are such amazing, complex systems, constantly regenerating and renewing themselves. A while back, I had surgery on my knee and in the acute healing process, this knee was very warm to the touch when compared to my healthy knee. I could literally feel how hard my body was working to heal itself. This brought to mind several sayings regarding transformation through heat and fire.

“The heat is on!”
“He really brought the heat today!”
“She’s in hot water now!”
“Nothing like a trial by fire.”

When the “heat” shows up in our lives, whatever that looks like for each of us, it can be mildly (or extremely) uncomfortable. When we feel the temperature rising in our circumstances or relationships, we can trust that a transformation is taking place, or an opportunity for growth is at hand. Resistance is the opposite of acceptance and only serves to make the struggle last longer, or keep me from benefiting fully from an opportunity for change. I’m always better off asking, “What’s my lesson here?” rather than “Why is this happening to me?”

Imagine metal trying to maintain its current shape when surrounded by fire? It would be pretty impossible for it to not be changed. If it’s happening to you right now, get the lesson! Too often, the fires life throws at us seem scary and something we want to avoid, but if we’re seeking and listening to the guidance inside, it’s safe to trust we’ll be cared for until we come out the other side. I choose to believe every circumstance is for our greater good, even when it doesn’t feel like it. You’re going to be great, too!