Life is Truly Magical

Do you see life as something that is truly glorious, amazing, incredible and full of magic; a life that you would want to come back and live time and time again?

Waking up each morning in true appreciation of the mist in the valleys, the birds chirping, being in awe of the rays beaming through the clouds from the sun, or in the remaining glow of the last full moon. Feeling the freshness of the morning air on your skin and brushing across your nose as you open that first door or window of your home.

Do you allow yourself to feel the lightness in your body before you begin your day that allows you to feel what is needed to truly support you to continue feeling the glory that each day and each moment can bring?

Knowing that in each moment you have a choice to choose you, to make choices that lovingly support you to appreciate life, to see the roses amongst the thorns, to build a relationship with your body that allows you to live in a way that leaves you feeling vital at the end of each day.

Then to look forward to putting yourself to bed so you can get up and do it all again tomorrow. A bit far fetched you may say: well at one point in my life I would have agreed with you, arguing this was impossible and ‘airy fairy’.

I rarely was able to see the roses amongst the thorns; there were glimpses, but not for long and I certainly was not able to appreciate the full bloom from start to end. Now after many years working on my own self-appreciation, learning to love and accept myself, I can now truly appreciate life and all that comes with it, thorns and all.

My focus now is no longer on the thorns but instead on the roses; the beauty, scent, aroma, gentleness and delicateness that surround me every day – that same quality I feel around me is also within.

This beautiful quality that has taken me a long time to connect to, is one that I now choose for myself as a way of life.

A life that now has a flow and a consistency where the complication still presents itself, only now I am able to observe it, deal with what gets presented and move onto what is next.

In the past the complication used to absorb me; it would consume my day at times, even making it difficult to sleep, playing on my conscience for as long as I would allow it to.

By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently.

Observing how with the simplest of choices life began to shift, the complication became less, and the magic of God began to take over: with every thorn came a rose, and after a while the roses overtook the thorns, a beautiful reminder of how life could be if I continued to choose me, to choose love.

Knowing there will always be thorns but also that there is so much more… by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.

After many years and the support of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, I have learnt to take responsibility for my choices, the way I live and to appreciate myself, to love the woman I am, to know I am not perfect and nor do I need to be, that life is not meant to be hard, that it is not meant to be complicated, that life is truly amazing, beautiful and full of magic.

By Nicole Serafin, 44yrs, Woman, Wife, Mother, Hairdresser, Tintenbar, NSW

Further Reading:
Wonderment
The Magic of God in Everyday Livingness
Appreciation, Appreciation, Appreciation
Appreciation of Life and Ourselves

743 thoughts on “Life is Truly Magical

  1. Bringing the simplicity back to life, and so letting go of the complication is a welcome choice, ‘Observing how with the simplest of choices life began to shift, the complication became less, and the magic of God began to take over’,

  2. Thankyou Nicole, like yourself once upon a time for life to feel magical and beautiful it would have seemed like an idealistic dream, yet here I am making this happen. I’m going from focusing on issues and problems (the thorns) to seeing myself as a beautiful rose, as someone with much to appreciate – both in myself and in life, and connecting more each day to the magic all round me. It is possible to live each day feeling beautiful, loving ourselves and appreciating life. Enormous thanks to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for showing me the way.

  3. So true Nicole, learning to live from that appreciation we open the door to a deeper understanding and connection to the magic and Divinity we are truly from. All the criticism and slef-judgment we heap upon ourselves only serves to bar the portal to this magic within that is ever awaiting our return.

  4. Thank you Nicole, just to feel those choices that I make and so simply to again and again come back to who I truly am. Quieting my racing mind and allow myself to feel the beautiful magical being, flowing through and within life.

  5. Appreciation is something I need to claim and celebrate more – I have so much to appreciate in my life. The magic of God is all around us, in us and through us, in every movement. We can make the gift of this our responsibility to reflect to humanity.

  6. It seems totally balmy to focus on the thorns when there is so many beautiful roses, but for most of us we still struggle to see the rose from the thorns or complicate things needlessly as seems to be human nature, when we have it all we just want more, garden of Eden and all that so having Universal medicine and Serge Benhayon and this great article Nicole to show that there is another way out of the conundrum of life is truly a liberating thing.

  7. Hanging the focus from ‘the thorns to the roses’ has been one of the most beautiful things to have occurred since meeting Serge Benhayon and choosing The Way of The Livingness

  8. Before encountering Universal Medicine and the Ageless Wisdom I believed I was responsible for my choices. However, I came to understand that my ‘choices’ were in fact reactions to the results of an earlier opportunity to make a choice but had not because I had chosen not to take responsibility for whatever reason, be fear, too painful, confrontational, etc. Not choosing to take the responsibility when it arose created the choices that were in fact reactions to the ‘thorns’ in my life, which created the illusion that I believed I was being responsible.

  9. Gorgeous Nicole, reading this article is just like watching a flower unfold its petals and bloom. I can feel the appreciation in your words.

  10. ‘ I have learnt to take responsibility for my choices, the way I live and to appreciate myself’ So simple and yet life changing when we make loving choices on a consistent basis – life does become truly magical!

  11. Appreciation is such a game changer, in so many ways…’ by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.’

  12. That is indeed the key of experiencing life as magical, as you say: “By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling”. That is choice we can always make. Such a powerful reminder for me Nicole this morning. This morning I woke up pretty tired and also feeling a tension about my new job. I choose to go into my head, getting stimulated by thoughts how I would take care of my job. Very much out of my body, even thinking that I felt great.

  13. By observing and understanding that life has thorns representing our imperfections to learn from and be aware of allows us to fully bloom.

  14. As I read your beautiful blog this morning Nicole I see the sun shining through my front window, the wind chimes and trees blowing in the wind and the birds chirping outside. Nature truly is a divine reflection of how we can in turn feel within. Pausing to enjoy the reflections is much to appreciate from the choices we make throughout our lives. Thank you Nicole.

  15. When we choose to consistently move from the connection and quality of our body’s natural rhythm we feel an interconnectedness and flow to life that is true, loving and magical in its simplicity and flow.

  16. An inspiring read Nicole how you gradually mastered getting control of the thoughts that can constantly come in and misinform us that life is not amazing. I am reminded of a teaching from a recent Universal Medicine retreat which was that we can consider that every thought is a choice. We are fed the thoughts, they are not from us and so we do not need to be a victim of them if we so choose. I am still learning this one.

  17. “Do you allow yourself to feel the lightness in your body before you begin your day ….”
    Thank you Nicole, this is something to be implemented in my day and carried on through out it!

  18. I’m beginning to realise just how destructive thoughts can be and the energy that comes with them. The presentation of Serge Benhayon are so supportive to know they are not our thoughts but fed to us from the astral plane. This plane of life which we cannot see as yet back can definitely feel does not want any of us to return to our souls because then they would be impulsed to reincarnate into a human body and start the process of returning back to their soul again.

  19. There is so much to appreciate Nicole. Being present with our bodies gives us the ability to appreciate what is there, rather than the mind that always reaches outward, looking for something beyond to fulfil.

  20. I love how your focus is now on the beauty around you Nicole, there is so much, ‘the beauty, scent, aroma, gentleness and delicateness that surround me every day – that same quality I feel around me is also within.’

  21. “Knowing there will always be thorns but also that there is so much more… by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.”

    I can relate to what you write here Nicole as I lived so much in the darkness for so long and life was super hard and confusing in there. And so much anxiety.

    This is a nice moment of appreciation actually (thank you) to see that I no longer live in so much darkness. But recently I felt myself slipping into old patterns of living that way and remembered how that felt living in there and I was like nope, not going back there again. Choose love, choose me, choose delicateness over hardness, get support and return to the roses as you have so described in your blog. Each step, small as it is, towards love to ‘smell the roses’ is a magic one.

  22. Appreciation allows our divine qualities to deepen and expand and naturally we can then see and honour these qualities in others.

  23. What you have expressed here Nicole is so very beautiful, my eyes welled as I felt the rose and the understanding and awareness of the same quality within;
    “My focus now is no longer on the thorns but instead on the roses; the beauty, scent, aroma, gentleness and delicateness that surround me every day – that same quality I feel around me is also within”.

  24. Beautiful blog Nicole. I do not always feel this way about life, but certainly more often since I have re-connected with myself. When I am ‘off’, this is an amazing blog to come back to and reignite that inner flame once again.

  25. Learning to take responsibility for our choices is such a huge thing, that every second of every day we have a simple choice to make, to choose love or not. It should be a total no-brainer but still we carry on choosing that which harms ourselves and others, so reading your blog Nicole is such confirmation that making the true choice really is a no-brainer.

  26. ‘By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently.’ When we stop our head taking the lead we have an opportunity to allow our body to lead the way, and when we do it is astonishing what happens.

  27. Nicole, thank you for your inspirational sharing. Life certainly does become magical and joyful when we start to take responsibility for all our choices and start appreciating who we are and where we come from.

  28. Whenever I am presented with a feeling of nostalgia over something I used to do, I always bring it back to the point you have made here Nicole – I love my life so much more now than ever before!

  29. Observing life from our connection makes the view on life way more crystal clear than when we are in the remedy of it.. To observe ourselves and our actions and to build awareness to why we do certain things. To allow ourselves to feel who we are and feel the parts we are not that. By our honesty and will we can see all the evil we want to see – we simply have to choose in our wholeness to do so.. It is a matter of choice and allowance – that allows us to see all we moved and all we have played.

  30. Today I have had a rough day, not feeling very great, had a hard morning with the kids trying to get them off to school. In the car before we left, the whole family did an exercise of telling the group one thing they would like to change and two things they appreciated about the morning. My husband lead this and all the children responded beautifully, I refused to join in out of my own stubbornness and hurt. Shortly after I felt my mistake and so I followed the kids into school and cuddled and kissed them and told them one thing I would like to change and two things I appreciated. One of the kids I couldn’t find, I went to his classsroom but his class wasn’t there. He had left for school very steady that morning and so I wasn’t worried but I noticed a kookaburra was sitting right where the door to his room. I was touched, as I knew it was a gift, for me, at that moment, its times like these that bring me back

  31. “Now after many years working on my own self-appreciation, learning to love and accept myself, I can now truly appreciate life and all that comes with it, thorns and all.” I agree Nicole, the more appreciation we bring into our life the more we accept and deepen our relationship with others. Life presents many opportunities to learn and truly evolve when we open up our awareness and connection to what feels true from within us.

  32. I have received the message that it is important to appreciate the gifts life offers many times, however it is rare that I am reminded to deeply appreciate myself. Your blog reminds me that without self appreciation all other appreciation is empty.

  33. I appreciated what someone said yesterday and it brought them to tears. We can never underestimate the power of what is truly taking place when we make appreciation a natural part of our day.

  34. “By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently.” . . . .one cannot help but feel the difference this makes to everything. It is like stepping out of entrapment and into a whole new realm.

  35. Nicole you have really reminded me of the darkness I used to live in and how there is so much to appreciate now, even though I have this stubborn pattern of not always seeing all the beauty of myself. The truth is my life has shifted into such an amazing place with the support of Universal Medicine and by my own consistent self loving choices. There is so much more to celebrate, thank you for inspiring me today.

  36. It’s simply outstanding when we can appreciate the glory and magic of this life in the simple every day moments. It does not need us to be high achievers, spend lots of money, have power or fame… it just requires us to be present moment to moment, and to live in a way that allows us to enjoy all these moments, rather than feeling bad about decisions we have been or are making that shoot us in the foot.

  37. You know Nicole it strikes me, reading this part of your blog… “Do you allow yourself to feel the lightness in your body before you begin your day that allows you to feel what is needed to truly support you to continue feeling the glory that each day and each moment can bring?” … that this is such a rare approach to take to a day. For most, even if we wake feeling refreshed and great, rarely think to continue making choices that foster and sustain what you offer. Rather our progressive choices make us increasingly sluggish, tired and heavy. Which once I think about it… seems to make no sense at all. Why we wouldn’t continuously seek to feel that lightness in order to enjoy life in the way you suggest is a question most definitely in need of asking.

  38. “with every thorn came a rose” when we learn from the prickly issues of life we blossom like the flower of the rose and appreciate the beauty of who we are.

  39. Thank you for reminding me that there is another way to live Nicole. I don’t feel refreshed, vital and joyful every morning (or even very often) but I am inspired to take whatever steps I need to take to start feeling this way consistently.

  40. Yes life can be all this if you choose so. And at the same time not shutting out that world is in a mess and that very horrendous things continue to happen. Unless we have settled this we can not rest in this life of magic. There is both.

  41. The magic of God makes life a joy and brings the wonderment we had as kids back into our lives. There will always be thorns, but they too are part of the magic of God. Everything has a meaning and message. We can’t pick and choose what we see, but we can choose to respond thankfully and with appreciation for all the support that is constantly offered, to remind us of who we are and who we are not.

  42. There is no doubt that life is truly magical on so many levels, yet somehow most of us manage to close ourselves down to seeing this and instead direct our focus at the gloom and misery of life. Following the news in the media is a good way to ensure that we don’t see the magic, only the mess we have all created. We need to see past that to all the beauty. How can we connect to God when all we see is the mess?

    1. Great question Doug; How can we connect to God when all we see is the mess? I can feel how important it is to stay in our bodies, staying present with all our movements and expressions – constantly being aware of how everything we do, say and thing affects every-one – energetic responsibility.

  43. By seeing the roses amongst the thorns first and foremost it allows us to also see the magic of the potential full bloom in the world around us.

  44. “By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently.” I agree Nicole, allowing my thoughts to take over brings in complication and tension because I have disconnected from the ease and flow of being in the quality of my body’s natural rhythm and the awareness to make choices from how my body is truly feeling.

  45. “Do you see life as something that is truly glorious, amazing, incredible and full of magic; a life that you would want to come back and live time and time again?” Great opening question Nicola, and leaves me to ponder as I am not sure I can honestly say I want to come back time and time again. That said through The Way of the Livingness presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, my life has transformed incredibly so, I feel so much more ‘content’, in my skin (or body) and with life in general and with who I am and what I bring. But there is more, and perhaps I am at the juncture, ready to go deeper, ready for life to show me more……

  46. Of course I appreciate the metaphor here with the thorns and the roses, but the fact is there is also great beauty and magic in the thorns also. Everything exists to provide a reflection to show us our way back to truth.

  47. For years, I appreciated and connected with nature, flowers, trees, butterflies, sky and sea: I felt and saw the magnificence of the world. But without feeling my own equal magnificence in the intricacies of the universe, the true magic of it all eluded me. Without deeply connecting with our inner selves it is difficult to appreciate ourselves fully and all that life offers us in each and every movement.

  48. True Appreciation is awesome because it holds everything and when truly expressed allows us to expand to our fullness, and in that we offer a fullness to everybody and everything around.

  49. What a beautiful confirming supportive blog to read and enjoy and see the light and beauty in each and every day allowing the complication to be and not overwhelm one. True appreciation for the all, the magic , ourselves and everything can be felt from working on ones self love and allows the true magical way of living and this certainly confirms this thank you Nicole simply beautiful.

  50. The thing is that we have made life about right and wrong and good and bad and thus are always trying to pick on and out the bad and the wrong to make life better, but this keeps us in a cycle of picking and choosing and trying. Life is a whole and the more we allow ourselves to see this and live it the more we will see that all has a purpose and that we are here to learn to unfold back to the grandness that we belong to.

  51. This is just stunning Nicole. I love what you shared about life shifting when you bring awareness and love to your choices… and with this the recognition that every seeming thorn has in fact a rose to appreciate when you choose love as your foundation… outweighing any darkness and consuming you instead with magic. Gorgeous.

  52. Beautiful, truly beautiful Nicole, sharing with us the magic of appreciation and the love that comes from that.. Is palpable and known by this blog. Incredible how we all got this choice to make ourselves and allow life to be truly magical, not that it was not before (we might did not wanna see it), but so now we allow it and accept it to be part of us, our day, our life:

  53. Letting go of the images and expectations we place on ourselves and instead focus and appreciate those areas that reflect our own beauty allows us to accept the many blessings that are given to us on a daily basis and live in full appreciation of the all.

  54. This was a perfect blog to read today. I have found I have no trouble appreciating nature and the magic of it, and I can nearly always appreciate people, yet I can get caught in feeling a mismatched of who I know us all to be and the behaviour I see us manifest. Nature doesn’t say one thing and do another but we do…we say we love and then we manipulate to ensure we don’t get hurt of feel like we are less than another. Your blog reminds me to be this love consistently for myself and leave that as a footprint on the earth, for me to come back to and to show others it is possible to be and do.

  55. You know what I do to all this ” Waking up each morning in true appreciation of the mist in the valleys, the birds chirping, being in awe of the rays beaming through the clouds from the sun, or in the remaining glow of the last full moon. Feeling the freshness of the morning air on your skin and brushing across your nose as you open that first door or window of your home.” but I don’t choose to see the same beauty, love and all I bring in myself – I tend to focus on the negative.

  56. In the school of earth life, there will be many lessons for us to learn, some more challenging that others it is up to us how we choose to learn these lessons for we can accept them with joy in our hearts or we can allow them to be stumbling blocks that wear us down.

  57. Thank you Nicole, your blog gave a fresh breathe in my day, as I felt a little down (from being hard, wanting to be perfect etc.) I am reading this and realizing that I should stop playing hard games with myself and give myself some fresh breathe, and so I did and felt the bright commitment again. So inspirational. Then I also read this line which beautifully stood out: ‘Knowing there will always be thorns but also that there is so much more… by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.’

  58. I thought that life was something that we had to get through, that struggling was normal and we simply had to manage it as best we could yet I constantly questioned what is it that we are getting through and to where are we ending up? I now realise that the struggle existed from resisting living in connection to who I am within, to my Soul. Through developing a loving connection to my essence I have discovered that there is much to appreciate, a world in fact where magnificence in normal, where who all of us are within is glorious in every way and can be as such through the choices we make in every given moment.

  59. We are never taught to focus on appreciating ourselves and what is around us, there is more attention for our imperfections. Coming from appreciation, which is known and felt in our body, our eyes open up to the beauty of ourselves and life as a whole.

  60. Nicole I love the sensibility you bring here and how as you say there are always thorns, but there are also roses and it’s about how we live and choose to see life – do we give focus to just the thorns or do we see the roses and understand that no matter what is happening there is always that beauty and appreciation to come back to in us, and it’s just a matter of living in a way that chooses to give focus to this while knowing and understanding that the thorns are there but that they can never overcome us unless we choose to forget that there is so much more – we are love underneath absolutely everything always.

  61. For most, if not all, of my life that I remember my default pattern was to see the thorns before the roses. Now, since my involvement with Universal Medicine, I cannot yet say that I have reversed that default pattern but I can say I see the roses first much more than 50% of the time. That is growing with everyday and that feels fantastic.

  62. This is gorgeous to feel the blooming of appreciation for All that is present to support us in our everyday. Yes we have the choice moment by moment to make it as simple or complicated as we choose. The reflection of nature is truly a magical way to take our cues from if a little lost in the overwhelm of thoughts of what isn’t working.

  63. ‘…a life that you would want to come back and live time and time again?’
    This is a great question to ask oneself from time to time – because if this is not a life that you would come back to live then what needs to change? Fact is, we are coming back, whether we like or believe it or not – so how we live now is very much determining what our next life will be. This calls for great responsibility and celebration at how we can choose the quality of how we live in each moment. This goes for the day and night too, we wake up to be faced with the day we lived prior – so what needs to change?

  64. Gorgeous indeed Nicole. I really appreciate, and connect to, what you have expressed here;
    “A life that now has a flow and a consistency where the complication still presents itself, only now I am able to observe it, deal with what gets presented and move onto what is next”.

  65. Today I am deeply appreciating the gorgeous colours of Autumn, here in Central Victoria, as I walk with myself and my dog amongst the leaves and the damp earth; what a joy. Your blog Nicole supports me to appreciate and confirm all that is on offer to us all.

  66. “Knowing there will always be thorns but also that there is so much more… by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.” How easy it is to be grabbed by the darkness of this world, it’s a focus in the media and news for example. I have often focused solely on an issue, disturbance or problem in my life, but I can feel it’s less about the issue and more about how I dismissed myself and the wholeness of me within such situations. As you say you’re still dealing with the thorns but you’re not consumed by them because your appreciation is for the bigger picture of life, and for the totality of yourself.

  67. It is magical when we simply shift our focus, life becomes completely a different story. How is this shift possible? It comes from the amount of love we allow within us, so that all choices in life come from the foundation of love, rather than lovelessness. It feels magical, but it is something every single one of us are able to choose. #OrdinaryExtraordinary

  68. Appreciation really does change how we see life, it is not something we are taught to do not in it’s true sense, so it is not familiar but when we do suddenly we can find a lightness and joy in things that we would normally find mundane. I was appreciating your appreciation of the detail of the day Nicole and when we bring this appreciation to each other life is truly Magical.

  69. I love what you share here Nicole ‘ by appreciating me and everything around me, the beauty began to outweigh the darkness I had once felt and lived with.’ This is a beautiful reminder of the power of appreciation in our lives and how it can transform our lives immensely when we choose this.

  70. And one person can see a messy unruly vista that needs order and lots of work to make it acceptable, and another can see the beauty and wonder of nature…. It is all in the eyes of the beholder.

  71. Beautiful what you bring to the fore here, that life is actually very beautiful, that we simply need to learn to see that beauty and most of all see and know our own beauty – from within.

    1. When we see and know our own beauty from within, it is like the curtain lifts and we move onto a new beginning, or like a new chapter in our lives, simply because we are allowing love to flow through us and be expressed through us, knowing that all we do is with the hand of God.

  72. Life does become truly magical when we stop making it about our issues, about the ‘small stuff’. When we let ourselves remember that the stars above are not separate to us and that we are part of a stupendous whole, we know we are part of something magnificent, and bringing that magnificence to the practicalities of daily life, makes our lives truly magical.

  73. The way we see life is purely based on perception. We can see its challenges as thorny and without the roses if we are also choosing the live in a way that is not honouring of ourselves and others. But we can also see such challenges as simple learnings of expansion such as a rose opening up itself more and more, letting more of its beauty that is already there out.

    1. Beautiful Joshua what you express. Recently, I had such a challenge with a relationship, and in the allowing of giving the other space to be where they were at, I felt the expansion ( of not trying to control and hang on to the relationship, and old pattern of mine). It felt like a little package from my Soul, divinely constellated and perfectly timed!

  74. A beautiful reminder as you have shared Nicole that it is our choices that steer our way of living with simplicity or complexity when we stay present with our body and what we are feeling or allow our thoughts to take over and control our every move and outcome.

  75. Love to re-read this blog and feels to me a powerful confirmation of how much I have let go of and as a result I too no longer focus on the thorns ( the struggle, the complication, the exhaustion of taking on others stuff and emotions) and now in my life the roses are taking over those old and outdated thorns….There is so much for me to appreciate and love about myself.

  76. In learning to walk through life with appreciation I feel like a toddler taking its first steps – wobbly and unsteady and yet every time I fall I pick myself up and take another few steps. I know one day I’ll be walking confidently with me with appreciation being my ever present companion.

  77. Ah the roses, that’s right…. sometimes I can get so bogged down in the thorns I forget that there are many many roses. We were literally smelling the roses at work today… there were two white roses and they smelt absolutely divine, when colleagues would walk past them and stop to smell, their whole demeanour changed and a smile spread across their face.

  78. ‘Do you see life as something that is truly glorious, amazing, incredible and full of magic; a life that you would want to come back and live time and time again?’ I sat with this question and my honest response was no to both parts of this question. Maybe, I just have to fully open my eyes…. and maybe, I need to take more time to appreciate, confirm and clock when I do feel the magic and the glory, for I know it is always there.

    1. It also sounded a bit airy fairy to me, to be honest Jacqueline. I do recognize these moments where I feel that life is truly beautiful and magical. And I know it is. It feels that I have to bring more love in each moment so that the foundation of love in my life will build more.

  79. The magic of life is felt in your article Nicole, loved it. I feel that in my life as well, and it is spreading and deepening. That doesn’t come easy, as complication and struggle was also my normal.

  80. Appreciating life and one self is so important. But then also to see there is indeed a lot of ugliness in life as well, and not get absorbed by it. Appreciation is a key ingredient in closing off the gaps where the ugliness could enter us.

  81. Do we see the issues or do we see the opportunities? Do we choose to live our grandness or our limitations? Everything is a choice, so are we appreciating what is being offered to us in life, and are we appreciating our ability to feel and to read, to express honestly? Are we seeing our amazing value of being true to ourselves in a world where we are conditioned to live as the world decides away from the intimacy with ourselves?

  82. Do you allow yourself to feel the lightness in your body before you begin your day that allows you to feel what is needed to truly support you to continue feeling the glory that each day and each moment can bring? No, not always, and is a lovely reminder for me today.

  83. ‘By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently.’ When thoughts take over we get drained and complication will come into our lives and as a result the body gets exhausted, I agree when we choose to feel the lightness and the magic of life the body is the one to listen to.

  84. This is the perfect blog for me to read right now as it was brought to my attention I do not see the magic in life. Initially reading your blog I felt oh gosh well if I lived in valley surrounded by the most amazing nature of course I would see the magic in everyday life but that is just it .. it is seeing the magic everywhere including the most built up concrete places … there is magic. This is still very much work in progress rather instead of trying to see it, it is allowing myself to feel it.

  85. I have been in the experimentation stages of adopting a different approach to life myself. Most recently one huge difference being to simply let go when a situation occurs that would normally trip me up and leave me feel all wallowy. I decided I’d given that a go many many times over and so this time I’d try something else. I’d trust that everything was ok, that I was ok and that perhaps this situation was actually an offering of something other than what it looked like. letting go, and just going with it, I can say with my hand on my heart IS the most effective way forward!

    1. I am experience the same thing Elodie. I got myself into a bit of a struggle with something ( letting my mind take over!). As I became aware of this old pattern of mine to let my head rule, I realised this was not my thoughts and called this out. And then the knowing of what to do next was there: just surrender, there is nothing for me to do but surrender, for in the surrender grace can flow.

  86. I have just stepped outside in the early morning to be greeted by the most glorious dawn chorus, seemingly hundreds of birds singing so gloriously in their own unique way, probably celebrating the fact that it has finally stopped raining and blowing after many days. I could feel their joy ripple out to the world and it made me smile from the inside out. Yes life, “is truly magical” – we simply need to pause for a moment to enjoy and appreciate it.

    1. How gorgeous Ingrid – and on the other side of the world I stepped outside onto a third floor balcony to be bathed in the most glorious and vibrant sunset of a huge panorama of various shades of red, yellow, gold and orange hues of light, spreading across the evening sky – a moment of magnificence and glory of the Magic of God visible for all to see and appreciate.

  87. How amazing it is, that making one single choice to re–connect to the body by being in conscious presence and awareness with it – complexity can be exposed to open the way to simplicity and the Magic of God in our life. “By making the choice to stop my mind from running my body, and by not allowing my thoughts to take over what I was feeling, I began to feel differently”.

  88. It is just a matter of where we emphasis on, on the thorns or on the roses? I know which one to choose. While not neglecting the thorns I choose for the roses which to me represent the heavenly glorious life lived in a physical body. A physical body that is bounded to the earth because it is made up from its particles, that to me represents the thorns.

  89. Lately I have only been seeing the thorns and not the roses. Then a few days ago, my body communicated; Be tender with yourself today. And everything changed. I could feel the light within, the light I carry, it felt like the voltage had been turned up. The thorns cleared that day as the bud of tenderness began to blossom and express. I felt amazingly light and innocent, just like a child.

  90. It is life changing when we begin to love ourselves. Just to say and feel deeply that I love my body, and appreciate all it does for me, opens me up to more awareness to any refinements I need to make to continue to truly nourish and care for my body and to continue to evolve.

  91. I recently experience how heavy, dull and disconnected we feel when the focus is on the thorns and there is little or no appreciation of the roses. By stopping to feel the communication from the body and then choosing to re-align and and walk ‘with it’, feeling the quality of every step on the ground with conscious presence and returning to whole body awareness, everything changes, as if by magic, to being lighthearted and joyful once again.

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