THE LISTENING SEED
The cushions are placed in Daochan formation, a square on the floor, with four pillows angled to create soft corners. We each find a place, bowing in, first while facing our seat, then turning inward and bowing toward the center.
Before the meditation, our sifu, Master Zhenzan Dao, asks us to “come back to reality.” We are guided to remember what is real— really real— and to think of the miracles that make up that reality. This is the way we begin our weekly practice of Qigong and Gongfu in MogaDao.
Zhenzan guides us to acknowledge our miracles. Like the miracle of being able to walk up the steps to enter the practice space and the incredible strength of our legs to do so.
We recall miracles of all forms and depths— the miracle of architecture and engineering to create the building we sit in, the miracle of the breath, and the miracle of the earth revolving at the perfect distance from the sun to receive the exact amount of light and warmth to sustain life on this planet.
This is reality.
It’s a true reality check to recognize that every single aspect of life is a miracle.
Coming back to what’s truly real reconnects you with a perspective both grounded and cosmic.
Photograph by Brea Fisher
You are a living being, existing in a body with a beating heart, lungs to breathe air, and skin to protect your bones, muscles, and organs. This is a miracle.
You live among other humans and animals, all sharing space on this planet, working together and fighting it out, building new paradigms and suffering horrific atrocities, all while the trees, flowers, and bacteria continue to grow and spread, thrive and die. This is a miracle.
You are standing on an orb of rock and stardust spinning in space, in a galaxy of other planets rotating around a massive burning star. This is a miracle.
When you woke up this morning, opening your eyes for the first time and taking your first waking breath while still in bed, that was a miracle.
When you take the time to see the miraculous in every single aspect of your life, it creates a space to fully and instantaneously release your grip on the burdens of your personal life circumstances.
This, too, is miraculous: to know that you have the ability to let go of your worries even just for the moment during which you recall what’s really real.
This is the kind of reality check that causes you to embody a very potent dose of presence.
And once you’re fully here, totally focused on what exists before you right this very moment, you realize— you remember— that in the mundane and momentous alike, there is miraculousness for which to feel grateful.
The blessings of reality are all around you; they decorate your walls, fly across your skies, and swim around your insides.
Take moment with me here and let’s have a true reality check.
Then, go about your day like it’s a treasure hunt for miracles.
The truth is, there are many different dimensions of reality. What we tend to fall into is the “reality” of the current state of the world, the drama of our relationships, or the toils of our daily drudgery.
Experiencing a good mix of contrast in life does serve as a potent way to get precise with our desires; this we know.
However, keeping focused on those aspects of life that cause us irritation, fear, or pain will also keep us bumbling around in a reality that’s spinning a momentum for more of that.
In order to create inspired change, creative growth, and just plain more joy in general, we need to drop what we typically consider real, out of habit, and we need to drop into a different kind of reality.
Come back to a reality in which miracles infuse your daily life, and from that place, you’ll be much more likely to find solutions to your circumstances of the “real world.”
Tell me some miracles. Please, tell me your miracles. Please leave them as a comment so that others may share in reading them, too. Because we all need more miracle-vision, to put us in that kind of real world again.
And if you know anyone who would enjoy this article, please do me the kindest gesture and share this with them. It helps so much. My gratitude for you is overflowing.