Sometimes we find our gurus in the most unlikely of places.
My latest inspiration came from someone I’ve known for a while, but hadn’t really had one of those “deep chats” with until last week.
It was in our local pub, over a glass of Malbec, and with just three little words, I was in awe.
I’d always known Ben as one of those people who is always smiling, who never has a bad word to say about anyone, and who just seems to see the positive in everything. Now I know his secret.
Three little words:
“Life is Magic”.
This is how Ben views the world, he learned it from his Mum and it’s stuck with him.
It’s actually a stroke of genius. Having these three words as a belief, as a mantra, as a way of relating to the world combines all the best aspects of the three Ms in personal development – mindfulness, motivation, and manifestation.
So how does it work in practise? Well, I’ll explain how it worked for me, over the past week since I heard it.
I didn’t even intend to take it on, to try it on for size as I often do with these things – it just happened.
I woke up the next morning and opened my bedroom door to the roof deck to let the cat in and there was the most beautiful sunrise. The birds were tweeting, the air fresh and I went outside and took a moment (before going back to my cosy bed).
The words just appeared: “Life is Magic”. The scene was just perfection in that moment, and standing still, soaking it all up, nothing else in the world mattered. I was literally spellbound (definition: it held my complete attention as if it was magic).
In that moment, I got it. There is so much magic everywhere – gravity, trees, our bodies, music, memories, moments in nature – we just don’t stop to see it, and really appreciate it for what it is.
Yet the more we look, the more we see.
Children do it naturally. They see magic because they look for it. We seem to lose this as adults as we get caught up in the big things – jobs, money, politics, mortgages , the big stressors – and we miss the magic.
As Roald Dahl said:
“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”.
It feels so good to believe though, and I’ve found myself smiling every time I think of those words, so I know it’s good for my mental health if nothing else.
Every time I drive up to the entrance to Powderham Castle for my classes, I get the feeling I’m entering some kind of magical wonderland. Everything that’s happening in the outside world doesn’t affect me, and although I can’t stay there, I know we all feel that same excitement and wonder. The temporary escapism is a tonic for the soul.
But it’s in the everyday that it really has an impact. Try it when you’re just walking or driving along and pretend you’re like a curious child seeing that place, experiencing that moment, for the first time.
It’s in the sunset, the birdsong, the white feather, that song on the radio, the shooting star, the chance encounter, the eyes meeting, the twinkling of the frost on the ground, the cute little cat sneeze. Then say to yourself, as if it is just confirmation of what you already know to be true: “Life is Magic”.
Then keep your eyes peeled, your mind open, your senses tuned it, because there really is magic everywhere.