June 21

To be alive, to be able to see,
to walk. . . it's all a miracle.
I have adopted the technique of
living life from miracle to miracle.

Artur Rubinstein


Today's Meditation:

"Miracle to miracle."  From lunch with a friend to a job working on a computer that's connected all over the world, to a drive home in a vehicle that can travel at great speeds over roads that allow for those great speeds almost anywhere we'd ever want to go, to the home made of wood and wires and gypsum and that has gas and water and electric lines running into and out of it, to dinner with our family that includes completely unique human beings with whom we have special relationships. . . . And on and on.  Life is full of miracles.

Unfortunately, we tend to live our lives from task to task, or meeting to meeting, or obligation to obligation.  We stop seeing the miraculous in the things that we do, in the things we do them with, or in the people with whom we interact.  The miraculous is absolutely everywhere, though we tend to see it not.  We tend to look with jaded eyes that take things for granted, that look only at the surfaces, and then our minds jump to conclusions as to what things are based on previous experience, so we never get the chance to see things as brand new, as wonderful, as miracles. 

What's the big deal?  We've gotten along fine without seeing everything as a miracle so far, so why bother trying to change.  I suppose the question is simple:  have we really gotten along fine, or have we simply been existing?  Have we truly gotten all that we can out of our experiences, or have we merely been skimming the surfaces?  I have to admit that far too often I skim the surface, and I'm sure that I miss a lot of the miraculous because I think I know something already. 

Artur said that he had "adopted the technique."  It's a technique that could help us all to get more out of these lives that we're living, if we only take the time and make the effort to develop techniques of our own for recognizing and appreciating the many, many miracles that we witness and experience each day that we live.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of miracles are in your life right now, at this moment? 

How might we go about "developing the technique" of moving from miracle to miracle in our lives?

Why is it so easy for us to miss seeing the miraculous?

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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