“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’ve written before about spending more time looking up, looking around me and really noticing what is there. Power walking might have its place, but nothing beats slowing down, looking up and ‘be-in’g in the place where you are (or should I say the place where your body currently is?!).
Watching seedlings push through soil in the garden, birds picking cherries off the tree, the magpie on the lawn, seagulls passing over land and sea hovering above effortlessly, cormorants strutting, the gentle lapping of waves on a pebbly beach, the feel of seaweed underfoot (under-boot doesn’t have quite the same ring, nor the same texture), the cornucopia of shells and pebbles on a tiny stretch of the shore, the ripples spreading over the water, the splash of fish in the water, the dogs’ excitement at a knock on the door, the smell of fresh lavender, the gift of a new rose on the bush in the garden, even more ripe tomatoes today – and the different colours on the varied plants (who knew what hues of red and pink these tomatoes could take, and the taste? Well, a topic for another day), and the wonderful aroma of basil as you brush past it.
All of these things are just some of the miracles in my life over the last 24 hours.
What miracles are in and around you right now? If you were to really walk on this earth, if only for a few minutes right now, what miracles might you engage with?