I’m a believer in magic.
I seek out miracles and blessings. I believe that life is full of serendipity and it is our job to open ourselves to the flow of good things that are available if we want it. I can remember the first time I learned about the derivation of the word serendipity. Browsing through the S’s of the Oxford English Dictionary of my college library, I serendipitously stumbled upon the story of the Three Princes of Serendip and their journey of discovering things they were not seeking. From that moment, I opened my eyes, my mind and heart to the possibility of magic that blesses us, but that we don’t often catch when it does.
I began to notice my own behavior of being so focused on one thing or distracted in another, that I was unable to notice the magnificent gifts that were being presented to me. I also noticed that I often was resistant to being open to goodness when my mood was attached to something difficult that was going on my life. As I observed myself and my friends, I discovered that I was not alone, most of us are too cluttered—inside and out—to notice much less receive the everyday magic that shows up in our lives. We’ve got too many distractions and too many to-dos cluttering up space for magical moments and gifts to fit in. So how do we make space for magic? What were the Princes Serendip doing in that 16th-century fairytale that perhaps we forget in our busy modern lives?They were unattached and they were open. They were on a journey of exploration and they were paying attention to what they encountered as if they were breadcrumbs leading them to something yet to be discovered and that would prove to be of benefit.
Recently, I have made it a practice to clear myself in every way I can to the possibilities beyond my imagination. I’ve decided to take note of how I am resistant or attempting to control what I experience in life and how I clutter myself physically, emotionally and spiritually with distractions and expectations (both good and bad). I also have made a conscious effort to clear myself as much as possible of everything that is preventing the flow of serendipitous magic into my life.
Four ways to open yourself to serendipity:
Clear Your Mind: Meditate.
When the mind is full it is hard for new a different things to fit in. Magic, miracles, blessings, creative sparks need room to germinate much less grow. When our mind is full to the brim with thoughts, questions, and worries there is no space for anything else. Personally, meditation is the purest form of prayer for me. It’s not about asking or hoping, instead, it is about making space inside myself so I can receive the love and wisdom of life that is ready to present itself to me. It’s letting go of control or desire and opening my mind to something bigger than me.
Clear Your Body: Breath, Exercise, Dance, Practice Yoga.
We stuff ourselves with food and drink and ideas about how we are supposed to feel and look, but often we forget to just tune into our physical presence. When we take the time to take a conscious breath, we take a pause to feel the physical needs of our body. Literally, the air makes space inside of us. The movement of exercise, dance, or yoga brings this spacious flow into the cells of our body. Truly, when we move we can be taken. Our bodies have wisdom and feelings that are magical when we surrender to them and let them guide us.
Clear Your Physical Space: De-Clutter.
I don’t know about you, but when my home, car, or office is messy and unorganized I become overwhelmed and feel burdened by life. I get lost in all that needs to be done and forget to feel joy or gratitude for all of the wonderful things that surround me. I’ve learned that honoring my spaces as sacred creates pleasure in taking care of them. I also notice that when things are free of the distractions that pile up, I am more apt to experience the way the light falls on an emerging crocus or the first bluebird of the season presenting itself to me.
Clear Your Attitude: Smile and Expect Goodness!
When we open our minds and hearts to the idea that good things can flow toward us, we are actually sending subliminal messages out to say “yes, bring me some lovin’ I am ready to receive.” If we are bogged down, in a funk, fearful, or expecting the worst we aren’t making any space for positive things. Our mind, hearts, and bodies are filled with negativity, thus preventing us from receiving what we really would like to make us feel better. So are you ready to make some space? You don’t have to, of course. Many of us like to talk about what we want but are actually afraid of the reality of receiving—so much so that we keep ourselves as cluttered as possible with all of the ideas of what we want, but no space to actually bring anything in. Time to let go—the magic is on your side, ready and waiting for you to invite it in.