“People usually consider walking on water or thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk on either water or thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child–our own two eyes. All is a miracle!” Thich Nhat Hanh
How often do you step outside of the world of your head and busyness to notice the miracles surrounding you? Unfortunately we are taught to believe that miracles are only things like: being rescued from flooding waters, having cures for diseases like cancer, or an unexpected windfall during our moment of desperation.
All miracles yes. But if we only believe in these once in a lifetime occurrences, we are missing the simple miracles present every day. We are missing the opportunity to experience awe. Awe brings about joy and joy is one of our highest states of emotion.
What happens when you live from the place of your higher states of emotion?
It doesn’t take much to notice the small miracles. All you need to do is practice mindfulness. With each new breath and task be aware of what you are doing. You’ll soon discover that the simple experience of walking on earth is a miracle.
Start today. Make a conscious effort to stop and look around you. Notice the flowers blossoming on the tree, the way the bees buzz around, and the cockatoos hungrily munch. Take in the vibrancy and be in awe of it.
Pay attention to every step you take, notice how your muscles work tirelessly so that you can.
If you have children, noticing the miracles becomes so much easier. The minute Kalyra was born, I realized what a miracle was: magic that happens so often around us. I saw the miracles in the simple things: steady calm breathing, little fingers that grasped, giggles erupting from a source of joy, and first steps towards a stumble.
AWE and JOY
May you learn to tap into the miracle of these two emotions and create more magic.
What simple miracles do you notice around you daily? How do you practice mindfulness?