“Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments
that take our breath away”
We are immersed in miracles. Each breath that we take, every second we are aware, every idea we entertain in our minds creates new possibilities for you and I to be truly alive in the next moment. In fact, this very minute is a miracle. But we do not recognize our miraculous presence, because we do not take the time to realize the breathtaking beauty of our being. But our children do! And your child can teach you.
We allow ourselves to become so busy with what becomes our routines and habits and our supposed and artificially contrived priorities, imposed from without and not from within, that the dynamic, colorful and dramatic shades of reality evade our awareness.
To take a deeply refreshing first step back into a blissful awareness of where we are and who we are, I recommend that you consider this: nothing exists without our being conscious of it. Nothing! Physicists are telling us the truth. And it relates to more than sub-atomic particles. What is being discovered relates directly to you and I, and to everything around us.
“There is no life without consciousness.”
– Annie Besant
And here is an astounding truth: there is beauty everywhere. It is in everything and, as difficult as it may seem at times, in everyone. And when you finally come to this realization, you will start to carefully and thoughtfully look at what is around you, even the minute, even the trivial. And you will discover such bountiful beauty in existence, and suddenly become aware of the special place you have in God’s Universe.
Of all things on this earth, He Blessed you and I with the special gift of becoming aware that we are so alive and so beautiful. And here is another unbelievable truth: you can create a state of constant awareness, of fully knowing just how amazing this life is. Yes, it is possible to make awareness of such awesome beauty a permanent condition in life.
I have met people that are blissfully aware, and so have you. They become truly memorable and leave a deep impact upon us. And, yes, they are rare and beautiful.
Bringing such consciousness into our moment by moment existence is possible. But it requires us to slow down, almost like pausing to take your pulse. You may want to try it. Just stop occasionally, throughout the day, and breath deeply and take a long, thoughtful look around you. Find that which you would not normally notice and simply pause long enough to truly study it. It may be a crack in the plaster, a very tiny, intriguing insect (Kylee, always a lady, recently introduced me to a beautiful and very, very tiny Ladybug), a deeply meaningful song or the timeless beauty in the smile of someone you love.
By the way, Kylee was mesmerized, almost put into a trance, by the beautiful, tiny Ladybug – which made me realize that, perhaps, I was missing out on a great part of what life had to offer. (Kylee is only three years of age and one of the most gifted teachers I have met.) Three year olds have an innate ability to teach us what life should be all about. And yes, it is about admiring the astonishing beauty found in nature – in those species we have not yet, in our arrogance and ignorance, brought to extinction. It is truly about being aware of what every three year old loves. There is more wisdom in their wonder than in all our philosophy!
Being consciously aware of what you are doing at any given moment is a good way to relax and calm the mind and be fully present in this moment. When you slow down your mind and make a decision to be consciously aware of what your are doing at this time, and not thinking of another time or place, then you are able to relax and feel peaceful and truly experience your natural state of being. No, the stressed out, exhausted looking, overly anxious, impatient and worn out you, is not really – you! No.
“The only mistake that we can make as human beings
is to be asleep, unaware of ourselves.”
– Guy Finley
Most of us, including far too many children, are living life repetitively and dreaming of ways to escape. What a sad waste of the precious gift of life. But we have the power to escape this existence. You possess the ability to change everything in life, and for the better. And, you can start by noticing that life is lived outside of yourself. It truly resides in the smiles found all around, the laughter of friends, the funny things that happen in life and in the love that dwells deep within the hearts of those around you.
“Love is always open arms.
If you close your arms about love
you will find that you are holding only yourself.”
– Leo Buscaglia
Yes, your heart is not your own. It simply will not continue to beat without the love of another. We see such tragedy reflected in the stories of so many millions who ceased to exist without love. Our hearts must belong to someone else.
I’ve discovered over the years, that even if you’re not exactly where you’d like to be, that doesn’t mean that life, right now, can’t be beautiful and enjoyable. And the best part is, you don’t have to do anything to make it beautiful. It is beautiful.
But a great work of art hanging on the wall is not a great work of art at all, if no one ever looks at it. If it doesn’t exist in the heart and mind of someone, it truly doesn’t exist. Nothing exists without our being conscious of it.
So please, just slow down, be in a relaxed state of being, open your eyes and look at things. Look at the people around you. Look deeply into their eyes and into their lives. See what makes them fascinating, interesting, funny, different. Find in them what you have in you. And then make someone else happy and fulfilled, even if for one moment. Lose yourself in that moment. Become a part of their time and their place.
Remember, we are a part of all that exists. We are one. And beauty exists in every moment. But you must look at it, for it to exist.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
that would suffice.
– Johannes Eckhart