Monday, October 26, 2009
What's in a Miracle?
Someone I know asked recently "Where are you in your experience of miracles today?"
A very good question, especially as lately so many people have been experiencing loss, stress, and hardship.
I thought about it as I meditated and then made a mala.
A small hawk came to perch on the fence during my meditation. It never happened before, only as I thought about whether I'd ever experienced a miracle. It fanned out its tail feathers in search of an insect. So close, and I get excited when I see them far up in a tree. But this one came close to visit.
I see miracles in everyday life, not just in life-saving experiences.
The miraculous is all around us if we look, like an artist, poet, or mystic does. The very expression of life and growth, even of decay is a miracle. The fact that change and even loss can happen is proof of great possibilities, both good and bad.
How about looking into the eyes of a child or an old man or woman and seeing the love within them? The very existence of love is a miracle.
The very fact that we can love and create and help others is truly a divine gift, whether we choose to call it that or not.
When I was eight I ran in front of a loaded, lit canon. It was on the other side of a fence I was playing behind, and as I ran out in front of it I heard, I felt...nothing. The grownups gasped, but the canon had misfired.
Surely an angel was with me that day.