Big Little Miracles
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
Ever since my business partner / soulsister Cathy arrived to Pays Basque last week, the miracles have been piling up.
Writing that sentence down, creates a critical reaction in my mind. My own critic tells me people won’t understand this kind of talk. It’s too vague, too woohoo. But after mentioning a few of my personal spiritual experiences in the post “Where Social Media And Spirituality Meet? Here!”, I also feel I’ve invited myself to continue on that path. Which is a path of many discoveries, let me tell you, because concepts like “spirituality” and “miracles” not only raise a lot of eyebrows, they cause resistance and judgement too.
Concepts that are vague for our senses – meaning you can’t really see/hear/feel/smell them – and that can be approached in as many ways as there are grains of sand on the beach, tend to create skepticism. It’s human to react with skepticism to things that are vague. It’s how we’ve been raised to make sense of the world.
It’s also one of the reasons why I devote so much time to creating a bridge between common sensegiving and opening minds to a more spiritual point of view. Not to drag people to the spiritual side. But to show them in a human, down-to-earth way that there’s more to the world than meets the eye. Speaking of eyes:
Perception is key.
My own TED Talk (nope, still no link) taught me that. When it comes to building that bridge, so far I have concluded it resides on personal perception. Everybody perceives the world differently. I cannot create a miracle to change your perception – I wouldn’t want to! – but I can introduce you to my perception. What you do with that is up to you.
As an example, a quote from my TED Talk (which I may have told differently live, this is the preparative script):
“…if you train your brain to perceive smaller happenings as a miracle, to add a little magic to your life, you’ll start feeling more gratitude. Once the gratitude is there, you start to notice and receive more of what you appreciate. Hence, one miracle is followed by another, because you’re opening your eyes to them…you’re opening your mind to them.”
So when I say that the miracles are piling up for Cathy and me, you don’t have to imagine unicorns arriving at our doorsteps. More like grasshoppers, lizards and snails in Cathy’s case… Or randomly meeting people with whom we turn out to have a great connection. Or finding out that Cathy and I are even more complimentary than we thought – especially when it comes to doing business. Perhaps you file this under “luck”, but as I said, that’s where perception comes in. We file it under “miracles”.