It’s interesting how the Universe can echo my own thoughts back to me. Over the weekend, as I worked on some edits for this website, I wrote that one thing my journey through life had taught me was that there is Magic all around us. In everything, in everyone. It’s everywhere. That sometimes the Magic is hidden right before our eyes in the everyday sights and sounds of daily life. Sometimes it’s buried in the painful circumstances of a life change, injury, illness or our own forgetfulness.
This morning, I came across this from author Mark Nepo:
“The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.”
How do we become willing to be where we are? Is it like flipping a switch? Does it require hard work?
Maybe it just requires a bit of a shift in how we look at things.
There’s another quote that has been significant in my life, this one from Sir Thomas Moore and I’ve quoted it here before:
“It’s my conviction that slight shifts in imagination have more impact on living than major efforts at change…deep changes in life follow movements in imagination.”
Change follows the imagination. It’s not the other way around. I believe that this is key to creating space for change, opening up space for the imagination. Like learning to see that the same light is reflected in a broken bottle or a diamond. Or in the moss and lichens on a boulder in the woods.
(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved. Mark Nepo quote from The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have)