SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that we are actually swimming in miracles? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to recognize this? What helps you recognize the miracles in everyday life?
beautiful and awakening conversation.
deep gratitude towards you Peter, for expressing those words.
I feel like we are swimming in miracles every time I see a tree and I think about the biology of energy transformation. Another "aha" moment was during a busy day at work when I was using the hand dryer in the bathroom after washing my hands. I was rubbing my hands together and all of a sudden I was so in the moment of awareness of my skin and hands, I couldn't help but feel an amazing sense of awe....of all that these hands have done and all they can do....I only need to rub my hands together to feel this amazement again....think about it....and I hope you will feel it too. Of course the entire fact of our existence is a miracle as well. Every moment, every inch of our world is a miracle. There are tiny invisble microbes doing work for you right now that you are not even aware of--in so many different ways. We are all interconnected, from the tiniest bacteria or virus to the tallest tree.
Stopping for a moment is all that's needed to recognize the miracles in everyday life.
Swimming in miracles to me means seeing the beauty that surrounds us every day: and by beauty I mean small things like: the rain this morning that left such a clean scent through my window, the puddles I can now jump in if I so choose, the cup of tea that tasted so good when I paid attention to it, the crispness of the apple as I slowly savored each slice and then the gratitude that I could work remotely from home this morning teaching a class with people in 30 countries throughout the world and the gratitude that I can take the city public bus into work to teach in person this afternoon. It is all about what we choose to see and being in the moment. It can be elusive, but I experience it quite often now that I have worked on that muscle. ;) Recognizing these moments takes practice initially in looking for them, then after a while, in my experience anyway, you end up seeing them all around you! <3 Hugs from my heart to yours.
I have learned and continue learning to take nothing and no one for granted. When one forgets to appreciate all that life gives us, then one will settle into complacency, routine, boredom and just take people and things for granted. This is suicide for relationships and when it's happened to me where the other person fell into this complacency, I didn't have the power to awaken them so I'd leave. I'd rather be alone than lonely with another. I finally found someone who is awakened to what's important in life and it's a miracle that I never stop feeling gratitude for.
It's said the last one to notice water is a fish. Like the fish in water, we're swimming in miracles and may take them for granted. Everything is a miracle. Creation is a miracle. Life is a miracle. Every moment, every breath is a miracle It's a miracle that the 100 trillion cells of a human body work together simultaneously performing millions of processes each second for decades. My recognition of this began a long time ago and continues to grow. Waking up, using my eyes to see and my ears to hear, developing compassion, slowing down, becoming free help me recognize the miracles in every day life. Recognizing the miracles increases my awe and gratitude.
We have a desiring, longing and chasing mind. There is nothing enough. There is no full satisfaction. We keep on moving in this cycle until we see the futility of longing more and more, newer and bigger.Time arrives, as Dante says, " Toward the midpoint of life's way", when we wake up and look within silently and openly. In such quiet moments, we hear the noisy mind, see the cluttered and cloudy mind, and get a glimpse of the reality beyond time, space and causality. We wake up and see the changing world without the longing for grasping it.It is relating to the world in freedom and in such state of consciousness lies the joy of living.
In meditation, the mind settles down and realizes the transcendental reality. This state of consciousness helps me to relate to what is here and now in its fullness.In such moments nothing seems to be missing.As the ancient Ishavasya Upanishad states:"This is complete. That is complete. Nothing needs to be added. Nothing needs to be subtracted."
I have fallen down in my life. I have left my inner home. I relate to these experiences as opportunities for me to wake up. Meditation has helped me to come back home and relate to the changing world with this awakened consciousness.
May we fined the source of joy and fulfillment within us with an awakened mind!
Jagdish P Dave