The Magic of the Mundane – Appreciation is the Key

In our world, it is common for us to appreciate almost exclusively the ‘big ticket’ items in life – the new job, house or car, the unanticipated windfall, the volunteers who help out in a disaster, the player who scores the winning goal for the team. It is, in my experience at least, rare for us to appreciate what we deem as insignificant or mundane events like enjoying a lovely meal or just a cup of herbal tea, for example. Such moments are relegated to the status of being merely incidental and instrumental in our pursuit of the big-ticket items.

Even rarer is it for us to appreciate qualities, those of others and ourselves, the exceptions involving social rituals like death, marriage, and graduation. Rather, our focus tends to be more on achievements and material acquisitions.

I’ve been observing how this sets us up with a continuum of progression for appreciation, with qualities per se receiving little or none, treat-like items and events receive a modicum and, as noted above, the big-ticket items take the lion’s share. We eke out our natural appreciation like a miser would his gold and force ourselves into habits of utilising appreciation like a non-renewable resource, using it minimalistically and idealistically as a means of confirming when an inner picture, goal, wish, dream or aspiration has been reached – seeing it as the full stop at the end of a sentence or the tick in the ‘done’ box.

Along with millions of other people, much of my life has been focussed on unfolding a spiritual, and latterly, a Soulful path. On these paths there has been, until recently, a similar tendency to appreciate only the ‘bigger,’ more advanced or perceived-as-being-more-Divine qualities and for ‘a limited time only,’ as the TV ads would say. On the spiritual paths I pursued, there was a belief in true divinity occurring only after death – hence no need to appreciate this life: and on the beginning Soulful path I noted a tendency to appreciate only the absolutes, e.g. absolute Joy or absolute Stillness. Such occasions were rare so what do we do with our appreciation the rest of the time? Are we then repeating the pattern of appreciation being exclusive and only for ‘special occasions?’ If so, how do we redress the matter?

Is it possible that we can bring the magic of our Soul’s presence to any and all mundane tasks through the choice of such inner connection? Could holding the awareness of our inner quality as we move through life, appreciating its effects on the smallest of details, be a way to bring our innate magic to the long overlooked mundane tasks of life? Can the mundane be blessed by the livingness of our loveliness, our joy or our stillness?

How would this look and feel on a daily basis?

Observation and experience have indicated that externally things look almost the same except that there is a notable absence of drive or disregard in one’s actions and movements, which have been replaced by a sense of solidness and grace. This can occur with just about anything – washing the dishes, setting the table, cleaning the house, walking in nature or to work. The possibilities are as wide and varied as life itself.

However, the real changes are felt on the inside and become visible through one’s connection with others and the outside world. When I am in appreciation of the flow of my movements and the inner warmth that accompanies this, I am also more open to looking deeply into the eyes of others and confirming our connection through a delicate smile or a subtle bow of the head.

At such times, I also delight in my surrounds – everything takes on the hue of beauty and wonder and I know that everything I touch feels the same loveliness as I feel within my body. Others will return my gaze in the same quality, again confirming our connection and equality by quality.

Here there is no continuum of importance, no big-ticket item to pursue, simply a warm meeting of loveliness gazing into the mirror of the loveliness of another and the mutual acceptance of that quality within each.

I find a deeper awareness of the perfection of the timing of events; things flow unhurriedly and have a natural rhythm, very much like the subtle gentle breath that is felt and enjoyed at such times. Often there is a light breeze that delicately caresses the face and hands, an invitation to allow one’s breath to deepen in the same delicateness, as though Nature is responding to and confirming this quality also.

This all feels very normal and from the outside looks completely unremarkable.

On the inside there is the unfolding of the knowing that there can be divinity in the smallest detail of our lives, if we but allow the awareness, and then the appreciation, of our quality to unfold and bring its magic to the mundane. Under the blessing of this magic the mundane is transformed by the touch of the divine, with no magic wand required, but the simple grace of presence expressed through the quality inherent in one’s movements.

By Coleen Hensey

Related Reading:
What is the Science of Appreciation and how does it Evolve All of Our Relationships?
Trust and Appreciation
Appreciation of Life and Ourselves

528 thoughts on “The Magic of the Mundane – Appreciation is the Key

  1. What is offered in our movements is a solid foundation. There is such magic and wisdom and it is so amazing to see how this can translate to a solid consistency. You make a great point that we don’t enough appreciate the foundation we have allowed.

  2. In the days when I am in a momentum of rushing I miss out on all of the opportunities to connect, I miss out on the gold and on the beauty in the day. When I rush my day is focused on me, when I give myself space my day is often focused on others and observing what’s going on, what they need and how I can support them.

  3. There is magic in every situation and circumstance. If we have pictures of what is magic we miss out on divinity at play.

  4. By appreciating ourselves and our limitless value, we will naturally hold others in deep appreciation of all that they are.

  5. I had a lovely moment yesterday when I took my children to the local pool, something we have done many times before, and I just really appreciated how joyful, beautiful and playful they both were with each other and with me. It was a very simple every day moment but a very powerful feeling of love and appreciation which felt great.

  6. It is a hard reality that appreciation is only shown when we have the bigger things occur. I interestingly observe myself and others and how I’ll only appreciate if I have to or if I am reminded too – it is not a natural thing. And yet at the same time, it is so natural and building and evolving. It is just that I have invested so much into issues and setbacks that I’ve made this more important than the simplicity of appreciation. But it is always there, just waiting for me to choose it more and more.

  7. I can totally relate what you’ve shared here about appreciating the big stuff and letting all the tiny moments of appreciation pass by unnoticed. When we do this with ourselves, i.e. appreciate someone else’s qualities because they seem bigger and better than our own, we’re short-changing ourselves and all others. No one else’s quality is better or more impressive than another’s.. no one is better than another – everyone has their amazing, unique qualities to share – it’s just a question of how we live, and how willing we are, to share our precious and amazing qualities with the rest of the world. If we choose to hide ours away, and choose to be less than who we are, then we cannot blame another for not seeing us as who we truly are.

  8. Recently I was at a local function and it was time for dessert. There were pavlovas and tiramusu and all sorts of amazing looking creamy dishes on offer. I looked around and realised that what I would really like was a hot drink so I went to the kitchen. There people were frantically washing up the copious knives forks plates and dishes from the first course so I offered to help. The obviously overburdened few there said no “it’s all right go and enjoy yourself’. I explained that for me drying up the dishes would be just as enjoyable as eating and chatting in the main hall. There was a moment of surprise and then one turned to me and said well you do look very good, as if to say that he could believe me, and my presence in the kitchen was accepted. When someone suggested a cup of tea it was obvious that this was not the order of the day. No one was being offered coffee or anything because they needed to clear the hall by a certain time and it did not fit in. I was in no way disappointed. I enjoyed very much my time in the kitchen, having a laugh with the others there and only leaving when we were all called to our tables to go through the answers to the quiz that each table had been given at the beginning of the event. I so appreciated my time in the kitchen and I know they also appreciated me. When we follow how we truly feel we find ourselves in the right place at the right time.

    1. I love that elainearthey, they are moments of connection and you were probably impulsed to look for the cup of tea to get you in the kitchen because your grace and space would offer support to those ‘tied to the sink!’ I have been the sink person so many times I would have loved you to stand and dry next to me.

  9. This article is very relatable and easily understood. This is how I see life, things in an order of preference and importance and yet it’s all where the quality of movement or quality of being is the key. As this part presents “When I am in appreciation of the flow of my movements and the inner warmth that accompanies this, I am also more open to looking deeply into the eyes of others and confirming our connection through a delicate smile or a subtle bow of the head.” There is no mention of the what, only a dedication to the how, the movement. It is like there is a now a point for me to slow life down more, taking care that each movement has a true purpose and in that there is an appreciation of the feeling or flow of that movement, no title necessary.

  10. Appreciation can bring to life the most mundane and boring task. but it comes from me first appreciating me in the task, and then the magic really does happen. See the task as a box ticking exercise and it becomes mundane tedious and an opportunity to check out.

  11. By refining our movements, bringing the attention to details and appreciate them by seeing the magic of God, the so called big things can occur which serves all.

  12. “Can the mundane be blessed by the livingness of our loveliness, our joy or our stillness?” Yes it can. I was doing a very mundane task at work yesterday and was sitting in a very mundane way, and making it very mundane. I clocked what I was doing, sat up straight, felt my loveliness, joy and stillness, brought that to the task, and it was for sure blessed! And I felt much more energised for sure.

  13. ‘I find a deeper awareness of the perfection of the timing of events; things flow unhurriedly and have a natural rhythm’, yes I too really appreciate the perfect timing of events and how easily everything I need is just flowing towards me… much to appreciate.

  14. I find a lot of joy and fun appreciating the small details, the little things that I could easily miss if I was rushing about my day.

  15. The quality of grace expressed in ones movements – it comes from a livingness not a thought pattern and that is what is so noticeable. It also keeps us in the moment without rushing ahead.

  16. We don’t stop often enough and deeply accept where we are at, the absolute graceful flow of life and all that has constellated for us to be more of our divine grandness. There is much to appreciate in every moment and there are limitless moments within the cycles of our day and life.

  17. I am finding so much joy and appreciation in the little things in life, like the morning perfume of the flowers in the garden, the gorgeous light of the full moon, the laughter of a small child, the cool summer breeze against my skin, so much to appreciate by just being me.

  18. The more we deepen the application of our choices and movements within, the more we are able to appreciate what the world brings to us. It is all about the detail.

  19. When I appreciate I can feel literally that somehow the contraction is melt down, because I offer attention and space to what is unfolding in my life. Appreciation simply takes me back to my presence, while I come back to my observant and loving gaze.

  20. Yesterday I worked briefly with a lady I have recently met and there was a sweetness that I had not noticed before and the hardness of protection was not dominant. It was if I was seeing her as she would have been as a child. Awesome to feel this in another.

  21. I am starting to feel that there is a whole Science to Appreciation. Its more than a word or a concept and its nothing we can talk ourselves into. There is something very deeply stilling and warming about being in and living appreciation. Its a pathway to knowing and living the more that we are.

  22. Our inner connection is the compass to our connection to all and that brings great clarity, understanding and truth to how we live within our daily lives and how we we can bring a unmistakable quality of movement to our daily living and turn any mundane task into magic.

  23. Embracing the love of God — is our one and only goal if we had one. Accepting one’s will to choose this love is key. A beautiful way of dealing with anything that we have let come in the way of beng that love — is allowing, accepting and appreciating.

  24. What an amazing knowing of the importance and magic of the mundane and our quality allowing this beautiful growth and knowing inside with a deep consistency and flow and our everyday movements with grace and love for all.

  25. When we live “Soul-Fully” could it be we can then actually look forward to “death”? Then as we live our life with this level of connection so much of life is preparing us to live in a way that death becomes a part of our evolution and the energy we are in as student of our own Livingness feels death as a blessing!

  26. I have noticed when completing the My Cycles app at the end of the day, I find it easy to enter a mood or a symptom even if it only occurred for a minute or two in my day. Where as the feelings that are more positive in their light, I feel to pick them they need to have been present for a substantial part of my day…..

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