every day a miracle – Thay

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Elk River Southern Oregon USA

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“Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even realize.”

Thich Nhat Hanh ..*

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Rocks, water, trees, sunlight. Nothing unusual and yet wondrous.
What does it take for me to wake up right now to this most amazing happening?

Can I stop and in this moment recognize the ‘what so’ of my life? What material things surround me that I can give fresh appreciation to? What thoughts and feelings do I have right now? Is each of them precious to me and can I cherish them? What things are given to me as ‘possessions’ according to the social context I am located in right now – about what do I say “I own this”? What other things are given to me in stewardship to interact with and care for, if even just for a moment or longer? What is it that is occupying my field of perception, my mind? Can I see and feel the ‘infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being’, as Thomas Merton calls it? Or am I completely possessed by the things and circumstances of my present physical and emotional location? Have I lost the sense of Mystery of this eternal and infinite Existence within which I find myself embedded?

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