Henry David Thoreau said, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Do you choose to see the wonderful and exciting? Or do you see the dark or ordinary? How can you experience more magic moments? These are questions explored by Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and others during a recent Unitarian Univeralist service.
The Cupcake Story
Recently I had a few magic moments while in Chicago for Thanksgiving. I planned a gathering with some friends from elementary school — a special event in itself. Then I discovered that a High School cheerleading buddy, Pam Rose Glosniak, lived across the street from our meeting place. The more the merrier, so Pam came to the gathering with her daughter Alexa too. That was extra special.
Pam, it turns out, is the owner and creative genius of Swirlz Cupcakes, named by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the "Best Cupcakes in the U.S." She surprised us by bringing dessert. WOW! When I tasted that first mini cupcake, it was a magic moment. The Chocolate Raspberry Torte and Boston Cream Pie cupcakes were exquisite. By their 10th anniversary, Swirlz had created more than 1500 unique flavors. They cater corporate events and weddings, and deliver happiness by the thousands since "cupcakes make people happy"®. Consider spreading some magic to your friends and clients this holiday season.
What Is Magic?
According to the dictionary, Magic (noun) is the power to use supernatural forces to make impossible things happen as in "do you believe in magic?" It is the power to seemingly influence the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Magic (adjective) is wonderful and exciting as in "what a magic moment" or apparently having supernatural powers as in "a magic wand." I'm not talking here about Harry Potter magic that may require extraordinary supernatural forces, but everyday magic that each of us can experience.
Why bother opening to the magic? Because it feels good. It opens creative juices. It can make others feel good. It can bring unexpected results. It helps you find the beauty and wonder in the small as well as the big things of life.
Some Magical Moments
If you open your heart and mind, you may find magic by:
|hearing a crisp Autumn leaf crunch or a lovely song
|feeling sunshine, snowflakes, or wind on your face
|standing on top of a mountain and seeing snow-covered summits around you
|going into nature and seeing a rain drop on a leaf or the sun dance through trees, smelling pine needles, hearing birds sing, or feeling your boots on the trail
|feeling the awe of the universe in gazing at the stars
|being present in the moment
|experiencing a deep inner sense of knowing
|getting into a meditative state and experiencing impermanence
|being in the flow — a focused state of concentration where nothing else seems to matter
|tasting an exquisite cupcake
What Helps You Find Magic?
On our recent trip, five little girls came into the hotel elevator with matching pajamas. They were celebrating one girl's birthday. On the way down to breakfast, they giggled and squealed in delight as they looked out the glass elevator as we moved down to the lobby. They were experiencing magic. It made us aware too.
|1.||Set the intention to be aware. Use the Attractive Strategy (Chapter 8, p. 155, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose).
|2.||Open your inner eye, ears, and heart. As Plato said, "see with the eye of the soul." Sufism states, "Open your inner eye and the mystery of life will unfold. Just as the owl is blind to the light of the day, we are blind to the spiritual world and are unable to see."
|3.||Be present in the moment.
|4.||Go into nature.
|5.||Surround yourself with those who experience magic. Share your experiences.|
How can you experience more magic moments? Set the intention to be aware. Be present. Go into nature. Open your inner eye and the mystery of life will unfold. Surround yourself with those who experience magic. Here you will find magic too.
Theresa M. Szczurek (copyright 2017. All rights reserved.) www.pursuitofpassionatepurpose.com, www.tmsworld.com, www.radishsystems.com