For those of you who forgot what it means to be magical, it would be excellent for you to listen closely.
Magic isn’t only found in the storybooks and fairy tales you might have read when you were little. Magic can be seen in the ordinary. It is that little fluttering in your heart when you stumble upon your deepest desires. The weird feeling you get when you are thinking about an old friend and then they pop up on your cell-phone two minutes later. Magic can even be seen by the sparkle in the corner of your eye when you think of something completely new and original.
In our everyday lives, it is especially hard to see the magic.
Lately, I’ve forgotten to see the magic in my own life.
This summer, I was in a state of self-discovery and it was one of the most beautiful, mystical adventures I had ever experienced. I was able to fully immerse myself in the beauty and wonder of nature.
So, here are a couple of ways to remember the magic in your life every single day.
1. Spend Time In Nature
We get up every day and the world beats down a little harder. Our alarm clocks rings and the message from our computer beeps: 14 new e-mails. Quickly, we begin typing away, hoping, Barbara, from accounting on the 4th floor doesn’t send that incorrect excel file to our manager. In a jolt of anxious frustration, our heart races and almost flies through the roof.
When we are under this amount of stress, we develop this practice instead of taking the time to enjoy the mornings with ease. If I could offer a piece of advice, it would be to begin your mornings with a walk, observation or contemplation of the nature that is all around you.
Get out of your own reality and step into the magical, infinite reality of the universe. Find peace, space and reflect. Then when you’re ready. Open your computer and begin your morning completely fresh and rejuvenated.
2. Slow Down
One time, I was running with a couple of great girl friends and we were running through a new part of the city. One of my favorite places to visit that looks like wetlands. I remember thinking in the back of my head, “how I am supposed to sit and enjoy this beautiful view if I am running?” When you’re spending your life always trying to catch up to something, trying to be something. You miss the beauty which is right in front of you.
You miss the birds flying with their wings stretched wide or the sound of turtles diving from the lily pads.
There is nothing more magical than breathing, listening and taking in the enchanting song of the wind. Of sitting with the rain and letting it wash away everything you’ve ever feared.
The only way you can find this peace is by slowing down and listening to the forest.
3. Stop Taking Nature For Granted
It’s when we stop being thankful for all that nature has given us that we stop seeing the magic in our lives. When we stop recognizing the change in the seasons and the leaves that fall like sand from the branches on the trees. We lose sight. We lose hope. We can only begin to re-connect with the healing and loving properties of nature when we realize it or we won’t always be around. When we need to get outside and breath the salty, sweet air. When we do these things. We begin to realize we aren’t superior. In fact, we’re anything but superior beings. We are conscious and awake but we’re 1/10 of million times smaller than we’d ever imagined we could be. We’re blades of grass, falling snowflakes in the infinite space that is the universe.
And it is those realizations that make me so grateful for being alive every single day.