by Eileen Campbell
There are so many things to marvel at in our world if our hearts can be open to them, and if we can see them without judging and distorting through our thoughts and opinions. It was Albert Einstein, father of the Theory of Relativity, who said, ‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’
Starting with ourselves, we can appreciate the miracle of our body and its functioning, which we tend to take for granted until something goes wrong. The heart, the brain, the organs for digestion and elimination, the senses, all the myriads of cells, nerves, muscles, and tissues, cooperate through an amazing system of interconnections to carry out the necessary functions they perform. And we are able to walk, dance, sing, play tennis, make love, and do 1,001 things as a result. Awesome, really!
This amazing orchestration is also mirrored in the world around us. Beyond ourselves, we are part of larger wholes – family, community, the whole of humanity and life on the planet. Our existence within the miraculous living organism of Gaia is certainly something to appreciate. We are all moved by the beauty and magnificence of the natural world with its mountains, plains, forests, rivers, and seas, teeming with life and energy.
Using our senses, we can wonder at the miracle of life evident all around us on a daily basis. I’m blessed with a garden, but just as rewarding, if we don’t have one, is a walk in the park or the countryside, or along the beach, or in woodland. Even walking down a street in the heart of the city or town there is much to marvel at. We can look at the sky, at the architecture of the buildings surrounding us, maybe there are a few cherry trees with their magnificent frothy blossoms, or some colourful flower displays hanging in doorways or on windowsills. We can look at people, endlessly fascinating as they go about their lives, each with their own story written on their faces.
If we’re confined indoors because of ill-health or old age, a plant can remind us of our connection to the miracle of life. Growing bulbs or seeds on a windowsill always thrills me! And we can be thankful for the treasured possessions and photographs we have around us that evoke memories and give us pleasure. We can listen to uplifting music. We can share the space with family and friends when they visit us. We can be thankful that we are alive and have the opportunity for yet more life experience.
Wherever we are, there are things to delight us. We only have to be aware and use our senses and open our hearts. When we are able to appreciate and give thanks for life as it is, and when we revel in the here and now, our hearts are filled with joy.
Eileen Campbell is a writer of inspirational books, including a successful series of anthologies described by the media as “treasures of timeless wisdom,” which sold collectively around 250,000 copies. She has studied with a variety of teachers from different traditions and brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience to her books. She is known for her pioneering and visionary career as a self-help and spirituality publishers, and has also written and presented for BBC Radio 2 and 4. She currently devotes her energies to yoga, writing, and gardening. She lives in England. Visit her at http://www.eileencampbellbooks.com.