Look carefully at the image above. What do you see? A tree with a maze of branches? Or a baby curled in a fetal position? I hope you can see the baby even though I’ve cropped the image. Once you see it, you wonder how it took you so long and every time you look at it, you see the baby immediately.
Its the same with miracles. As Einstein said,
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Once you start to “see” life this way, you see it everywhere and wonder how it took you so long to notice. Every new life is a miracle. Every moment is a new miracle. The miracle is that once you see the world as a place full of possibility, hope turns up even in the most surprising places. Once you see the birth of hope in your own life, you can’t believe it took you so long to find it. It’s EVERYWHERE, inside and out.
Suddenly, everything becomes miraculous.Think of Christmas and the Holidays this way. Life is a gift. The best way to appreciate the gift is with your presence. Give yourself to every moment with the hope and enthusiasm of a baby’s first Christmas. See everything with beginner’s eyes. Let simple things melt you. Make the world a kinder and more gentle place these Holidays. As Thich Nhat Hanh said,
The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.
Walking on the earth, or gazing at stars, its all miracle. Think of the Christmas star. The true miracle is to look into the night sky and take in the immensity of the universe and the tiny speck of star dust that we are in the grand scheme of things. When you take in the full grandeur of the universe, it changes the way you see everything.
The largest star yet discovered is Canis Majoris. It is approximately 28800000000000000 miles from earth, if you can get your head around that number. And Canis Majoris is ginormous. You could fit earth inside Canis Majoris so many times it would equate to covering the whole state of Texas with golf balls, 22 inches deep.
How does this relate to Christmas? Realize the size of the universe, the scope of evolution and the relative tininess of earth. And YET, to think that our bodies are made of the same stuff as Canis Majoris is an incredible wonder. The smallest baby and the largest star are equally miraculous and the connection between them is mind blowing. Even the smallest moments are opportunities for the largest wonder; the moments over a meal or around the Christmas tree are miracles in themselves.
Are you having trouble seeing this peace and potential within, like the baby in the optical illusion? Stop trying. It’s like looking for your glasses. You can’t see them because you don’t have your glasses on. You can’t find peace as if it’s outside of you. You are looking without the benefit of the very thing that will get you there. It’s as if the glasses are lost on the top of your head. Just tilt your head to the sky, take in the night sky, feel your place in the miracle of it all, let your head lower back to the reality in front of you and it will fall into place, like glasses falling gently back into position. Let miracles unfold effortlessly in your life this Christmas.
Miracles are a state of mind, just like Christmas. As Calvin Coolidge said,
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.