Do you believe in magic?
I don’t mean the likes of Dynamo or (for those of us old enough to remember) Paul Daniels, or the David Blaine video of Harrison Ford going viral (warning: he does say a “fluff” word at the end). I’m talking about things like the miracles of nature; moments that just take your breath away, or leave you with a sense of awe.
The laughter of a child.
Mist over a lake on a Spring morning.
The sound of birds singing.
What if we could find a moment to experience in wonder – to help us refresh and recharge, especially when it’s non-stop. Here’s something that might help:
This week, maybe set the intention to Feel the Magic. Put some time in your diary to go for a walk, or sit in a park, or find a hobby that puts a bit of sparkle in your eyes; this article by Dr Radha talks about how to choose one that might give you a spring in your step.
Whether it’s taking up crafting, or just sitting on a bench and watching the world go by, see if you can experience an amazing moment in the here and now. It might be seeing a butterfly, watching a documentary, or just contemplating the miracle of your morning cup of tea. You could simply practice a self-soothing activity like placing your hand over your heart and noticing what it feels like just to be alive.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Big Magic, it’s ok to “believe that you are allowed to be here, and that – merely by being here – you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own”. And if people have a problem with that, just remember that their reaction doesn’t belong to you.
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