“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”
Yesterday, I was stretched out by the creek looking up at the sky seeking a moment of quiet and connection. A recurring phrase came into my consciousness…'an attitude of expectance'. Immediately, two red tail hawks flew into my view and began dancing in the thermals high above. Birds always come to give me messages from the heavens. Usually hawks appear when I am experiencing a moment of truth. Some may say this is all coincidence. But I don’t believe in coincidences. I expect miracles.
Over the last few weeks, I have had conversations with at least a half a dozen people explaining this attitude. I expect to be provided for. I expect to receive guidance. I expect opportunities to experience joy. I expect to experience miracles. It’s not a matter of wanting them or needing them any more. They are just there. All the time.
This is not the same thing as believing in a genie god who waves a wand and says “your wish is my command.” And unfortunately, it doesn’t mean I am always experiencing miracles, joy, or feeling provided for in some way. Doubt, fear, and believe in lack are the exact opposites of this attitude, and as a human I have all of these from time to time too. This attitude of expectance is one that needs to be developed and nurtured…there is a role that I must play in this Divine dance in order for miracles to manifest. Expectation and gratitude are the foundational steps to the dance I'm learning...and it is a lively one...cha cha cha.
I feel like it can be very easy to fall into the trap of the everyday “norm”. Watching the calendar fill up, flipping the pages as if life is run day by day. Everything down to the basics of mothering and the responsibilities of having a home can seem hum drum at times.
It is when this hum drum feeling overtakes me that I take a look around and realize how miraculous life really is. I almost think of it as my wonderful wake up call… a call to remember that I choose to see things as I wish, and what I see are miracles surrounding me everywhere I go, even if they aren’t so nice looking at times.
The trick is to notice all of the little things between here and there that can pose as our lessons to awareness. Start with the breath, and the amazing ability our bodies have to function every day. Think about our food, which was grown from a miraculous tiny seed, and nourishes our bodies. These are such basic thoughts, yet such large miracles that we carry with us each and every step of our days. It can be really easy to take life for granted and forget about the wonderful miracles that are embedded in each and every one of us. Whenever I feel overwhelmed with something, I try to remember to stop and listen to the secrets of the cool breezes and soak in the comforting warmth of the sun. After all, we are all weaving miracles with everything we do… we just have to open our eyes a little bit wider. There are miracles all around us just waiting to be seen.