What is Magic?




What is magic? Do you believe in it?  Do you look for it? Where do you find it? What is intuition? What is talent? Where do the boundaries lie? 

Thanks to Suesy for sharing this mind bending video from Britain's Got Talent 2018. I don't know about you, but this act has really got me thinking about how the boundaries of belief and magic blur. What do you think? What do you feel?

Harvest.


 

Some time ago, (I can't recall how long but it was perhaps close to a year), I threw a tomato that had been sitting on the bench too long, into my garden.  With time and mostly neglect, apart from regular watering in the area, a tomato plant grew.  And then another.  And another.  At the stage I took more notice of these plants, and threw them a quiet blessing each time I walked past.  Before long I had an abundance of delicious tomatoes growing, with the occasional tomato that had become home to a grub thrown back into another garden bed, and again, apart from watering in the area and adding some stakes, largely ignored.  On the rare occasion I emptied my compost bin, I'd throw a bit in their direction.  But each day I walked past my plants, I made sure I would offer thanks, and blessings for their bounty. 

For months and months now I've enjoyed a wonderful harvest of tomatoes of all shapes and sizes, and have been sharing them with neighbours, family and friends.  Often I'll find lemons or figs on my doorstop in return.  Some little girls that live nearby can often be seen picking tomatoes for dinner. How a simple act of returning seeds to nature has been of benefit to me and to many others, not just in food to eat, but lessons in gratitude and in community.


It's April now, the daylight hours becoming shorter and most people in Melbourne pulled out their tomato plants months ago.  Yet mine are still fruiting and although they're not at their best, I'm still picking tomatoes most days, returning some to garden beds to see what happens.  The pictures on this page are from the past two days, and I am very grateful.

Bored? How Is It Possibly Possible?


I've always been curious about people that say they are bored. I just can't relate to it. My "To Do" list is long and varied and, more often that not, I feel that I'd need to live numerous life times to get through this list, but as I keep adding to my list, I'd have to add extra lifetimes too!

Today I found this quote that helped me realise I'm not alone:

"Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living," says a character in Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Are you a "I'm Bored" or a "I've got so much to do" kind of person?

Intuition.


When interviewed by Good Morning America (March 2018) about "A Wrinkle In Time", and asked about advice for young girls, Oprah Winfrey described being true to yourself as the “highest honor on Earth” 

“The highest honor on Earth that you will ever have is the honor of being yourself,” she said. "Your only job in the world, people think your job is to get up and go and raise money and take care of your families and stuff, that’s an obligation that you have but your only true job as a human being is to discover why you came, why you are here.”

I listened to her wise words and found myself nodding in wholehearted agreement, although I humbly suggest these words apply not only to young girls, but to each of us on this planet.

Different.


I always follow my intuition.  I have found that it is vital to my well being.  Historically, I have learnt the hard way by not following my intuition and my instincts, and so, they are an important guiding forces in my life.

This does not always make for a convenient life.  Following my inner voice often sends me down paths that are not understood by those around me, but I've learnt to accept my path, my truth, and that it is OK to be different.  In fact, I cannot be any other way in this world and be happy, or at peace.  Each of us are ultimately answerable only to ourselves.