Our lives are a miracle. They’re unexpected. They’re improbable. They’re unlikely.
Our bodies and minds are a miracle. Over 3 billion years of evolution that fine-tuned us to be the most effective survivalists ever.
Earth and the universe are a miracle. At any moment we can turn our attention to something, anything at all, and witness the miraculous in the mere existence of whatever we’re perceiving.
Shapes, colors, language, relationships: miracles. There’s so much beauty to bring our awareness to, beauty within us and beauty around us.
Our feelings. Wow. It’s really a miracle to feel anything at all - the good, the bad, the challenging, and the appreciated.
I asked a client this morning if she were willing to experience a miracle in the area of life she brought up in our conversation. After thinking for a moment, she said yes.
(That’s how miracles always start: we open ourselves up and become willing to experience them.)
Near the end of the conversation, she said, “this has been an issue for 13 years of my life, and I never would’ve thought it could be resolved in a one-hour conversation like this. This is a miracle.”
Miracles are so much more about who they allow us to be than they are about what they allow us to do or to have.
A Zen master once told her students: “Enlightenment is a happy accident.”
One student came up to her after the lesson and asked: “If enlightenment is an accident, then why do we meditate so much, perform so many prostrations, and do so much work in the garden?”
The master replied: “To become accident-prone.”
Here’s a formula for experiencing miracles:
Be willing to experience a miracle. (This is a state of mind that we can access and foster at any time.)
Foster feelings, take actions, and put ourselves in conversations that will increase our likelihood of experiencing miracles. (In other words, become miracle-prone.)
Remember: miracles are so much more about who they allow us to be than they are about what they allow us to do or to have.
What's a miracle you're willing to experience? How can you make yourself more miracle-prone?
Thanks so much for reading. ❤️