Through The Fire And The Flames

Posted: 12/11/2010 in Karma, Mindfulness, Spiritual

Yes, I named this post after a song from that cheesy band Dragonforce, but it was the first song about fire that came to mind. Sue me.

As I was sitting in meditation earlier today, I started to lose focus on the breath and my eyes wandered to the dancing flame of a lit candle. I was mesmerized and it made me think about fire and how it is used can be good or bad, all dependent on the purpose or intention behind it.

We can strike a flame to light a candle, which in turn can light another candle, and so on and so forth, bringing light to darkness, such as in a vigil, fostering community, love, and remembrance.

We can strike a flame to bring warmth to a cold house.

We can strike a flame to cook a meal to provide sustenance to a hungry stomach.

Or on the flipside, an arsonist can strike a flame to burn down a building or cause a forest fire.

I think what it boils down to is the intention behind the striking of the flame. Fire is a dangerous thing. It burns and consumes anything in its path. How it is used determines whether the outcome is good or bad:  a meal to feed the hungry or a burned down house.

It’s the same way with our words. How they are used determines whether the outcome is good or bad: we can give someone hope who otherwise thinks their life sucks or we can use our words to be hurtful and damage their emotions further.

Fire is powerful. Words are powerful. Use them wisely.

Meditate and destroy,


  1. Patrick says:

    I like the feel of your site and the flow of this post. Simple, straight-forward and with a point. Good stuff. I also like the combination of hardcore with zen mindfulness. I’m finding that I’m not the only spiritual/meditating/mindful non-conformist who listens to Marilyn Manson, Tool, Dio, and lots of other rockin’ goodness.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. metalbuddha says:

    Hey Patrick,

    Thanks for the comment and I appreciate the nice words. You will find that there are a lot of metal buddhists out there. We’re not alone! haha


  3. iDharma says:

    There’s a great book called “Mind Like Fire Unbound” written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (available online at that you might find interesting. It’s about how the ancient Vedic concept of how fire “works” informed the Buddha’s view of attainment of nirvana.

  4. Words, as like fire, can be used for good or can harm.
    Read the book: “The Four Agreements” (Don Miguel Ruiz)

    The first agreement is: Be Impeccable With Your Word.
    In other words, be careful of what you say.
    (What’s the old adage: put your brain in gear before your mouth 🙂

    I am a Buddhist geek (one of my favourite podcasts) who happens to also like my hard rock. We are not alone. A state of Zen can be had anywhere.
    the Tao of Technology

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