“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats
As we head into summer, vacations and roadtrips where we’re able to lose ourselves for a few days at a time, how can we bottle some of that ahhhh to bring back home with us to get us to the next break?
Most of us walk around with horseblinders. Constructed of our own routines, unquestioned beliefs, environments (people, places, technology, etc.), they act as both a comfort and a crutch, often until we’re lost and completely out of touch.
This is why we feel so alive on vacation–often pop up right at 7 AM or do other uncharacteristic behaviors–our senses are alive with experience. We’re paying attention!
At home, we’re cerebral, constantly in our head thinking about our to-do’s, our failed efforts, our disappointment with self, the conversation that didn’t go well, and on and on. Not to mention the isolating effects of depression, our body language even closes us off.
With mind and body literally closed to the outside world of experiences, wonder, creativity, awe, it’s as if we’re being thrown a life ring and we’re simply refusing it time and time again.
Since it’s impossible to bottle up the ahhhh, we can instead grab the ring, one smile from a stranger, blossomed flower in a crack in the pavement, first sight of snow at a time.
Shake up the routine. Walk a different way to work. Pay close attention to the sights, the sounds, the senses. Look like your life depends on it (because it kinda does) for clues that life is beautiful and full of miracles. You must believe it, to see it!
When you look for magic, you can’t help but find it. The law of attraction is constantly at work in our favor if we’re willing to notice.
How do I know that awe can save you? Because it saved me. And continues to do so, the more I offer my attention.
I leave you with this: Check your environments: your home, work, friends circle, social (tech or live network), extended family, your mind. Toxic? Shake it all up! Go on a cleanse, one environment at a time. Make room for miracles!!
PS … pic above taken in traffic on Canal St., Chinatown, NYC. Inspiration: Beauty in the mess!