Monday, January 12, 2015

How To Live Your Life

There are only two ways to live your life.  One is though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Physicist Albert Einstein
If the world is divided into two camps, then I am a person who thinks everything is a miracle.  I strive to take nothing for granted and to see everything as a miracle and a gift.  Have you ever really stopped and reflected on the wonder of life?  The natural world alone fills me with awe.  The checks and balances of nature, when left unaltered by mankind, are a work of art.  When I speak of being one with the universe…what I also refer to as a Zen moment…I am speaking of being in harmony with the miracle of life.  You are living a Zen life and a contemplative life when you find yourself increasingly being lost in such moments.  The act of listening to music can be an analogy for such moments.  For most people music is something in the background.  Sometimes, however, when I have music in the background while I am doing something else, the music will take control and I cannot continue what I am doing.  I become lost in the musical performance and I am no longer conscious of the moment or what I am doing.  There’s an excellent book called “The Mystery of the Ordinary” by Charles Cummins that reinforces what I am saying.  Most of us go through life asleep.  We fail to notice many things in our daily lives.  We take most things for granted and fail to appreciate the mystery of the ordinary or the miracles of life that surround us.  Take a few minutes today and pay attention to life.  Let your senses run wild.  Look around and actually see things.  Smell the bread baking.  Taste your food.  Feel the wind and the warmth of the sun, if there is any, upon your face.  Listen to some music for no other reason than to enjoy the melodies.  Don’t pass through your life with no memory of the journey.  Slow down.  Be present.  Breathe.  Laugh.  Don’t take your yourself so seriously.  Be happy.  Be a miracle.

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