Miracles

Some people never see anything that strikes them as miraculous.  Most people only see what they would call miracles a few times in their lives, if that, and what they see is usually something unexplainable except by supernatural or magical means.  They might call an advanced illusion or a contrived healing a miracle.  They might also call a truly unexplained recovery from cancer that doctors said was so advanced as to be untreatable a miracle.

But what really makes an event a miracle?  Does the event have to lack scientific explanation?  Does the event need a supernatural context?  My response to both of those questions is a resounding no.  To paraphrase a certain Zen Master, it is a miracle that we eat when we are hungry and drink when we are thirsty.

Miracles are not necessarily limited to what we view as extraordinary or unknown.  We see miracles every moment of our day, and by and large we treat them as humdrum occurrences to be passed by without regard.  If we learn to see everything with a beginner’s mind, the mind of someone who has not seen it all and is ready to learn, then we will be struck by how miraculous every moment of our existence can be.

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