April 10

The world is full of wonders
and miracles, but people take
their little hands and cover
their eyes and see nothing.

Israel Baal Shem


Today's Meditation:

What am I missing today?  The sad thing is, if I'm missing stuff--wonders and miracles--it's my own doing that's causing me to miss it.  I "take my little hand and cover my eyes" by being too busy, too preoccupied, too worried, hyper-focused, or just plain inattentive.  Or I'm just too used to everything, and I've allowed the miraculous to become mundane--but it's mundane only in my mind, nowhere else.  The fact is that it's still a wonder, but my own perspective has relegated it to the status of normal.

So how can I take my hand away and restore my sight?  First of all, I need to be aware more often that I'm actually surrounded by amazing miracles, for if I know that I am, I can remind myself to look at them.  And then I can start actively looking at things like the trees and the cars and the flowers and the people and the houses and the sky all about me and ask myself seriously--
expecting an answer--what's miraculous about that?

It's rather simple, but it isn't at all easy.

Please don't see nothing!  The more you open your eyes to the miracles and wonders about you, the more magical life becomes.  And the more magical it becomes, the more you can live your life fully and completely, and you can feel your spirits lift and your heart soar.  The miracles and wonders of the world can have a tremendously positive effect on our lives, but only if we notice them and appreciate them.

Questions to consider:

How do we learn to cover our eyes instead of seeing the miraculous and wondrous?

What kinds of wonders and miracles are in your sight at the moment (the computer you're using leaps to mind!)?

How can we adopt the habit of allowing ourselves not to cover our eyes and to see and recognize and appreciate the miracles?

For further thought:

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.
It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.

Paulo Coelho



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