Here’s a thought I’d like to share…
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in 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
I suppose there’s no one among us that couldn’t be accused of, at some point, failing to be fully engaged with the miracle that this world, this life, truly is. We get caught up in our own stories, sufferings, busyness, survival, and forget to notice the miracles all around us.
Right now, I’m at Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It’s three degrees below zero and everything is covered with snow. The lake that spreads across the view outside my window is frozen over. The beautiful Berkshires are purple in the evening’s glow. It all seems so miraculous to me. Well, of course it does! I’m away on a meditation retreat with my husband in a warm and welcoming place. All my meals are prepared for me, and everything I want or need to do is available without me stepping even one tiny toe outside.
The same is not true for the people that travel here to work every day. They have to deal with the ice, snow, and cold I wonder if the miraculous nature fades just a tad for them. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts of going someplace new is just that — it’s new.
What if, instead of going some place new, we could arrive at each moment new? What if we could be aware that each moment is a moment we have never visited before and will never visit again? What if we could allow ourselves to look with fresh eyes and clearly see the miracles all around us.
Being present for whatever your life brings, and taking it in fully, is your birthright. You might not be able to choose what presents itself, but you can absolutely choose how you meet that experience! What if you met it as a miracle?
In yoga, as in life, when we consciously stop and draw our breath in, feel it move deep into our bellies, then exhale with a long sigh, we move from the “doing” mind into the “being” mind. It is in that state of “conscious being” that such simple things as the breath are revealed for the miracles they are.
Wishing all of us the ability to engage with this amazing world and with all the miracles that it affords us,