This morning when I awoke, I took a deep breath and silently said, Thank You (it’s a miracle). I had attended a Japanese Master’s workshop on Saturday.
He explained that in ancient Japan, the phrase “Thank You” was filled with revery and awe and it meant, “it’s a miracle”.
He said, they once lived each moment as if they would die in 5 minutes–especially the Samurai. Today, the phrase is just used as a polite business catch phrase. He encouraged us to use it as it was originally intended thousands of years ago–we could die in 5 minutes.
As I thought about my breath and felt the miraculousness of it, I remembered the pregnant woman I had massaged yesterday with the new life ready to emerge. Really, we’re all a miracle every day! I slept through the night again, after all these years, and I have new life in a whole new day. The baby is new life and we recognize that with more clarity because it’s new but when we really look at it, we are all a miracle.
I have noticed it with almost everything: puppies, kittens, babies, relationships. When we look at the young animals and kids, they are refreshing and as cute as can be. Somehow, as they get a little older, we begin to take them for granted.
Relationships are the same–whether they are relationships with others or ourselves, we take them for granted and just expect that they will be here the next day.
The Japanese Master told us about his grandmother. At the age of 70 she started rock climbing and at the age of 80 she started downhill skiing. Everyone tried to stop her and convince her she was too old, but she did it anyway.
She lived as the ancient Japanese did–fully alive and present with every moment.
Then, tragically–she was hit by a truck. She is gone from this realm but she was an inspiration to her grandson on how to live life.
I am cultivating a new practice and that will be the practice of taking that first deep breath and saying “Thank You (It’s A Miracle)”.
I will not take you or me for granted because every minute in life is a miracle! Thank You.