04 Apr How To Find Magic In Your Daily Life
Do you believe in magic?
Have you ever experienced something supernatural, something you couldn’t explain? Most people have. Yet somehow, the world doesn’t acknowledge these things. If it can’t be explained rationally, scientifically, then it isn’t real. It doesn’t exist.
But magic is real. It does exist. It’s all around us, every moment of every day – if only we have the eyes to see it.
What Is Magic?
The colors of the sunset, the changing leaves of autumn, the blooming of a rosebud, the light of a baby’s smile; the graceful, golden spiral of a seashell, or a galaxy; the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, a tiny acorn that somehow contains a tall and mighty oak tree…
Nature is full of magic and mystery. There are countless miracles, large and small, happening all the time – things that we can’t understand, or explain.
In fact, all of existence is an endless mystery. We cannot explain how or why the universe sprang into being. We don’t know why the planet Earth contains the perfect balance of elements necessary for such diverse organic life, or how life began in the first place.
It’s a miracle that we are even here at all!
How did life first emerge from the cosmic soup? How did chemicals and minerals become living cells? How did those first single cell organisms combine to form complex forms of life? How did they evolve into the amazing brains and intricate nervous systems of modern humans, which are capable of asking these questions?
How do our eyes translate light into shape and depth, color and shade, and form an image of the world around us? How do our ears translate vibrating air molecules into pitch and tone and music? Why do we fall in love? How does a chemical cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitters create such emotional fireworks, such dizzying highs and devastating lows? Why do we feel in the mystery of love an answer to the riddle of existence, the meaning of life?
If that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.
Learning To See The Magic
Magic is all around you. The question is: how do you find it? How do look past the surface, to discover the miracles hidden within each ordinary moment? Start by following these 5 simple steps:
1. Slow Down
The frantic pace of modern life is the single biggest reason that magic seems so rare – or even gone altogether – from the world today. The first step to rekindling your sense of magic and mystery is just to slow down. Relax, take your time, don’t hurry through life. Stop and smell the roses.
2. Pay Attention
If you want to see the magic happen, you’ve got to pay attention.
Most people are so caught up in their own thoughts that they barely notice what happens around them. Practice mindfulness. Make an effort to get out of your head, and into your senses. Put away your smart phone, and take a look around you. Take in all the sights and sounds, the textures and smells…
3. Shake Up Your Routines
You can’t notice the miraculous when you’re going through life on autopilot. We humans are creatures of habit. We tend to stick to familiar routines, which we can do without thinking. Disengage your autopilot by shaking up your routines: drive a different way to work, try something new for dinner, do something unexpected every day.
4. Shift Your Focus
Our mindset has a lot to do with what we notice, and what we don’t. If you’re hungry, and thinking about food, you’re going to notice restaurants. If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you’ll notice every “Help Wanted” sign.
To put it simply: you see whatever it is that you’re looking for.
Shift your focus. Seek out those things that are mysterious, miraculous, that inspire a sense of awe and wonder. Look for magic, and you will find it.
5. Keep Your Heart Open
Make it a priority to spend time with your friends and family. Schedule quality time with your partner, or your children – turn off the TV, put away your phone and other distractions, and truly connect with your loved ones, eye to eye, and soul to soul.
Keep your heart open to other people, to plants and animals, to life in general. Always be ready to love, and to be loved – because that’s the greatest mystery, the greatest magic of all.