December 22- Miracles
“There are only two ways to live your life. one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — albert einstein
Today marks the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, when the Maccabees’s rededicated their holy temple with light. From one small cruse of oil – enough for one day’s burning-the menorah miraculously burned eight full days, constituting a miracle symbolizing the perseverance of soul over earthbound sensibilities.
Each day we face challenges, problems, conflicts and discord. Life is full of little glitches. What if, instead of seeing these glitches as problems, we looked at each problem as an opportunity for growth and understanding? What if we met each day not with despair over obstacles but by welcoming challenges as opportunities to create miracles?
Kabbalistic teaching enumerates seven middot or basic character traits–love, restraint, harmony, ambition, devotion, bonding and receptiveness. We should work to cultivate these basic traits in daily life. Love the whole world and the world loves you back. Practice harmony and you’ll be able to nullify discord. Ambition is an important trait, as its practice keeps us constantly moving in a positive direction. Devotion to our craft, our friends, family and our spirit practice allows us to be grounded and calm. Bonding is the feeling of sharing and building bridges of understanding between ourselves and our audiences. Receptiveness keeps us on track with new ideas, new faces, new places and an open, understanding heart.
Only you can perceive miracles. Live each day as if it is a miracle. Marvel in the wonder of creating music. Within a thought or an idea, the musician creates lyrics, music and melody. Your art is indeed an expression of self combined with spirit. You and your creations are miracles.