Is there any truth to miracles? 3 steps to attract the impossible
When you reach your 30’s, you start to realize you don’t live forever. You know people who have passed away or are battling to survive. And therein lies the question. Are miracles possible? This past summer I stumbled upon a book (true story) from the early 1900’s about a Nobel Prize winning medical doctor named Alexis Karrel, a scientist and skeptic who had heard countless stories of spontaneous healings at the healing waters of Lourdes in France (see photo). Dr. Karrel went to investigate and see what these crazies were babbling about. In front of his very eyes, he saw a woman instantly healed from the brink of death. And he was forever transformed into a believer.
Reading this book during the doldrums of the recession, I found myself doubting the possibility of a spontaneous healing. And then I became really disappointed in myself. Had my life become that difficult that I no longer believed in the magical, the seemingly impossible, the miracle? So I went into a long period of reflection and have come out the other side with renewed belief that in the right mindset, anything can happen. As a wise one said, “Miracles happen to those who believe in them.” Since the shift, I’ve noticed those little synchronicities slowly but surely reoccurring after a long absence. And once again, I feel a flickering hope that maybe just maybe something amazing could happen in my life. That’s more than enough to help me roll out of bed in the morning.
Following are 3 tips to attracting (or re-attracting) miracles in your life:
1. Choose the Fairy Dust
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” Diane Ackerman
If any of my sports-loving buddies from college heard that I was recommending fairy dust, I might be excommunicated from the posse. But I really believe in the power of scent to transform your state of mind. I use a very special kind of lavender from the highland country of the French Alps in my yoga workshops. This lavender has a magical ability to unlatch the mind from any doubt, and allow a sweeter state. Whether lavender or a certain candle, song, taste, or touch, an easy, accessible ritual is a time-tested way of leaving any doubt behind and stepping into the profound.
2. Loosen Your Grip
“Half the effort yields twice the result.” Willie Lim
Sometimes we squeeze all the magic out of life. So much of our success is measured by always being connected, efficient, and productive. When do we have time to chill out, relax, and loosen the grip? The yogis teach that “we confuse agitation for action. Much can be accomplished in the mind’s thought-free stillness and immobility.”
3. Sit back and Watch
“Be still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka
I recently had a talk with a prominent chef whose pizzeria is currently ranked by many publications as having the #1 pizza in the USA. This chef recently stepped away from the kitchen, and God knows he deserves a rest. He never relegated control of his restaurant and thus made every single pizza every single night for 23 years. What to many might seem impossibly repetitive or mundane was seen by this chef as on opportunity to sit back and watch the world; to see the patterns, rhythms, and tendencies that we become blind to when getting sucked into the madness. By taking a step back and making a practice of “watching the world,” we recognize that in so many ways so much good is coming to us. The struggle is being still, quieting the mind, and being present to receive.
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