"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
With all God’s wonder around us, how can we function at all? Why aren’t we madly dancing in the street like the Sufis or prostrated and lost in prayer? Last night as I started the meditation for the Fearlessness Project I fell into a bottomless pool of wonder. The words flowed effortlessly, perfectly, opening a glimpse into a life of possibility and awe. How can we be dripping wet with the miraculous and not be washed free of indifference, boredom, and our self-absorption? What stops us from seeing this truth? What prevents us from being purely in service to this marvel?
We are all made of the same stuff—particles and waves, protons and neutrons, quarks and leptons—fermions, as named by the physicists, that aren’t differentiated at all, and yet we grow into Gayle, and Ken, Scott and Josh, and Carie. These fermions become all the apparently differentiated beings here on this planet. One bit of earth, of sperm and egg, for what are these bodies but the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breath—nothing but dirt that majestically, magically joins together to beget life—a mystery so big that no one understands it and yet we remain standing. The wonder is that this mystery doesn’t drop us to our knees unable to function at all.
Seeds, millions of tiny seeds, all made of the same stuff, and yet they grow into flowers with millions of perfect blossoms in every color, shape, fragrance and size. They ripen into trees with so many shades and shapes of green it boggles the imagination. Stop by your local farmer’s field and marvel at the varieties of vegetables and fruits. Open your memory. You can taste the flesh of last summer’s peaches, melons, and cherries. Everywhere you look you can see plants of every kind and all of them too, are made of the same stuff. As they begin to peek through the soil, how do they know what to be?
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." Buddhu
Lately I have been stopping to watch this miracle. The kiwis outside my office window share their constantly evolving process with anyone willing to stop and just be. I often find myself gazing out the window rather than working, more intent to watch God work. From my window onto the world I can watch hummingbirds, blue jays, woodpeckers, bees of every variety, all of them going about their business, serving their purpose without question, each the perfect hummingbird or woodpecker, blue jay or bee. Each one made of this same stuff. How does the egg know which design to create? Does the hummingbird whisper to its child inside and create its likeness with its prayer?
When we stop to revel, to glory in life, we are given such a gift. All that God asks of us is to slow down a bit from our hurry and to open to His generous majesty, to be present in this moment, fully present, here and now. In return we are given compensation beyond worth.
(Quote from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium—(Mr. Magorium and Molly have just reset all the clocks in a clock shop and now have 37 seconds until they all start to chime!)
Mr. Edward Magorium: "37 seconds."
Molly Mahoney: Great. "Well done. Now we wait."
Mr. Edward Magorium: "No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime."
Our lives are capable of giving us and each other so much more than we imagine. With our fear of not having, not achieving, of losing, of dying, we run through our lives trying to stave off the boogeyman and walk right past the gems on our paths that silently await our presence. Our fears control us because we are afraid we haven’t begun to live yet. We know we are missing something very important.
Mr. Edward Magorium: "Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
That which we seek lies within presence. Wonder is a doorway. Stop a moment and just be with life—the trees, the birds, the flowers, each other. Everything has a precious gift to share. Wonder is present at the moment you too, are willing to be present. We are the adventure. We are wonder. We are life. Wonder and fall into this possibility. Your life too, is an occasion. Will you rise to it?
Gayle Gregory, co-author of "The Grand Experiment, an Expedition of Self-Discovery", is a life coach and business consultant dedicated to radically transforming humanity's interactions, personally, locally and globally. Her vision is to create a global community where people can feel safe enough to risk coming out of hiding and be who they really are. In her words, “If you must fear, fear settling for less than what is possible. Our world is depending on us.”
By: Gayle Gregory
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