If we are patient with ourselves in looking for the cosmic reason behind any seemingly random/chaotic event, a very good and empowering reason will come to us with time. We simply must give ourselves the chance to see the good in all things. When we open our hearts and minds to the possibility of goodness in all, very soon we will begin to see with eyes more attuned to the beauty and wonder of creation.
It is not a coincidence that 14 billion years of the Universe existing and 4.5 billion years of life existing bring us to this moment. We’ve grown together in tremendous ways to arrive Here & Now. It’s both a blessing and a curse, or neither, depending on how you look at it. We are given the freedom to choose what kind of light we’d like to see this world in. There may be an objective, physical reality, but our experience of Creation is a subjective one, and we’re given the opportunity to put on the rose-tinted glasses whenever we’d like. We can also wear glasses that show us a big and scary world, or we can put on the spectacles of wonder, delight, and beauty.
Recently I’ve shared some meals with family and found myself laughing at the food on my plate. Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Peace is Every Step, raised my awareness for the practice of Mindful Eating, and since then I’ve experienced a lot of joy while eating. By imagining some of the process the food journeyed through to arrive on my plate: from the planting of the seed, to the watering by the clouds, to the sprouting to the beaming sun to the harvesting and packaging and shipping and shelving and purchasing and preparing…it’s quite a magnificent process, and when I even begin to think about the origins of food, a smile seems to effortlessly fill my face.
Meanwhile, we can partake in this same process of mindfulness with anything, imagining the origins of and creation of any object in our current awareness. Even just thinking about ourselves…the journey we’ve been through to arrive Here & Now…all the food we’ve eaten…all the people we’ve talked to and laughs we’ve shared…truly there is a Miracle at play 🙂
Makes me think of how there are always all the reasons in the world to celebrate each moment and live with a Reverence for Life.
p.s. Happy belated Jesus’ birthday! As Jack Kornfield reminded me this morning, “Remember who you really are. Remember the Buddha who has taken birth in your own form.”