Magical thinking

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My #currentmood has me contemplating perception, possibilities, and the limits we place on ourselves when we decide what can work based on what’s worked in the past, or for other people, or in stories we’ve read, or heard about. I’m less interested in deeply ingrained patterns at the moment than I am in creating new spaces, writing new definitions, and making choices based on intuition, and my personal truth.

Old ideas are like dead weight in the bottom of the bag of experience you’re always carrying around. Judgments, stories, frameworks, and yes, even “wisdom” that you auto-apply to situations when their ambiguity makes you feel anxious only drag you down. They prevent you from being fully present for the unfolding of the new – for the magic show that is life without the boundaries of expectations, or the instant assignment of “meaning” to every moment.

What if whatever happens today is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before? What if it holds the potential to usher you into something extraordinary? What if there is no playbook for it in your archive of personal reference points?

It might feel kind of magical, especially when you realize that you are the magician.

Missing your regular “No-Fail” Friday mindfulness challenges? Don’t worry, they’re coming back soon! For now, remember, you’re only one intentional breath away from a perfectly mindful moment. 

Monday Moment: Heads up


You know that saying that you don’t know what you don’t know? It’s true…and it’s also true that you don’t see what you don’t see. Whether your attention is focused on your thoughts or, as is often the case these days, the small screen in your hand, it’s probably not as engaged as it could be with the simple fact of your surroundings. What kind of magic might you missing by looking without seeing, hearing without listening, doing without just being now and then? There are opportunities to be surprised, delighted, and frankly just to smile for a second all around you every day. Look up, check in, and take notice – no wand or special skills of illusion required. All you need, as always, are your intention, your attention, and your breath.

Photo credit: Patrick Schneider

Monday Moment: Vision test


Kind of a sweet sentiment to start off this winter week, but it’s actually more than a just a pretty idea. Ask someone who’s ever seen one of their dreams come true, and they’ll tell you they believe in magic. They may not say so explicitly, and they will probably also talk about the value of planning and infinite hard work, but then they’ll factor in a little good fortune, or luck, also known as the inexplicable presence of exactly the right elements at exactly the right moment that helped the dream materialize into reality. Sounds a lot like magic to me.

Creating what isn’t already there is a magical endeavor. Whether it’s simply gathering knowledge, something more complex like building a community or starting an organization from the ground up, or the ongoing task of becoming the person you ultimately want to become, believing that the universe has your back is not only nice, it’s useful. It makes sure you’re awake – that you’re paying attention to what’s transpiring around you – and that you don’t miss the split second when you can bring it all together and bring your vision closer to life. You’ll never be able to make the most of the opportunities you never see.

“And 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.” – R. Dahl, The Minpins

Photo credit: Kristopher Roller