Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I happen to subscribe to daily emails from this site, which deals with spirituality and philosophy of some kind. I like the stuff they mail. It’s not the usual run of the mill, hackneyed and trite evangelism copied from ancient Hindu wisdom and sold in plain language and new packing by the multitude of self-help and motivation shops for fancy prices.
It’s quite original in terms of the topic chosen for the day, the perspective presented and the examples chosen. And the language is good.
The day before yesterday, I read something about magical moments. As I read, I recollected many magical moments that I had cherished in the recent times and even tried to classify them into some of the categories mentioned in the write-up – nature, personal evolution, grand revelation…
I felt glad to be someone having an inclination for the magic and mystery that embellish the walk of life and grateful to be someone who pauses to muse over these embellishments.
Some of these magical moments inspired poetry and others inspired outpour that took the form of writing and they have made this blog worthy of your time and interest.
I have decided to collect all these magical moments in one place so that I can keep coming back to dwell upon them.
To start with, here is the excerpt from the email. Subsequently, I will post the magical moments too…
Caught up in the hectic pace of modern life, we feel compelled to immediately distinguish what is important from what is not. Everything relating to success seems significant and everything else seems comparatively trivial. But the truly noteworthy events in our lives are often the least momentous yet the most wonderful. They are the magical moments in which we are simply awestruck by the wonderment of life. Though our perception of magical moments may be blocked by worldly concerns, our days are filled with such moments.
Magical moments are not measured by the composition of an experience but rather by our reaction to it. These may be moments, when we find we are suddenly and blissfully aware that we have evolved or that those around us have changed in some positive way. We may stand in awe at the beauty of a familiar object or derive great pleasure from an everyday activity. Or we may witness incidents of supreme kindness and compassion that do not directly involve us yet touch our hearts intensely. Nature is a constant source of such magical moments.
Since such moments come and go quickly, they should be consciously savored and noted. They stick with us only when we recognize the impact they have had on our mood, our day, and our lives. When we cherish such occurrences, we condition ourselves to take note of them when they happen and appreciate the value they add to our lives.
An idea for increasing your awareness of the magical moments in your life is to record all such happenings in a journal kept for that purpose. As these moments are personal, your journal can be a documentation of small joys or a testimony of grand revelations. You may begin to notice that there is more magic in your life than you initially imagined. In striving to make the most of each of these magical moments, you grant yourself permission to experience new levels of joy, surprise, tenderness, and personal fulfillment.