To Be Alive Is a Miracle

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

At this time of the year, connecting to the miracle of life, I feel gratitude for this gift that is mine, my life. It brings me back to what truly matters, to the essential: love and relationships. When I accept myself for who I am, with love and compassion, it becomes possible to forgive myself for my process and my mistakes, and to be my best friend. It becomes easier to forgive others and to see them as my reflection.  I see that the judgments I have about them, truly are the judgments that I have about myself and I can let them go. I find peace.

We learn from our mistakes, they are teachers. There is nothing that we learn to master in this lifetime that doesn’t come with mistakes. The truth is that we learn to walk by falling. We tend to give importance to the fact that we have fallen, but the matter resides in the act of forgiveness, picking ourselves back up, and to keep repeating the exercise.

We don’t like to suffer so unconsciously we have learned to run away from unpleasant emotions. But this is at the heart of our suffering. Really, the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself.

When I become my best friend, I allow and listen to my own emotions as they come up. I don’t suppress them by pushing them down under the carpet, or run away to my addictions, be it work, eating, drinking, smoking, shopping or the internet etc… I am the one responsible for my own experience. We tend to drop everything to be there for others when they need someone to talk to, but what about being there for our own self and listen to our own little voices?

We are the love of our life when we can be there for ourselves and take care of our needs. When we are at home in our body, heart, soul and spirit,  we see our own beauty. To be our best friend is to accept ourselves first and foremost, to be whom we are.  Only then, can we be there for others. As Thich Nhat Hanh said: if we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.

To be alive and to live in the present moment is a miracle.

“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh




To continue to be inspired on Life is a Miracle, here is this beautiful song Peia, created by Akira Chan & Ryan Williams Mitchell. In celebration of the renewal of life, I chose this film because it speaks of the healing power and medicine of the Feminine, the Moon and the Earth Herself.

Peia – “Machi”
Peia - "Machi"

In this season, we are bound to experience a spectrum of emotions going through wonder, joy, sadness and loneliness, often all at once. Being our best friend, it becomes easier to take care of ourselves, of others, to connect to the essential and live in the present moment.

From my heart, I want to wish you all a Bright Holiday Season and a Wholehearted New year!

May we find Love, Peace, and Joy within, and again, let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around us!

In Health and Happiness,

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future… but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

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