Wanderful Words No. 15: Everyday Miracles and Their Effect on Art

by Ekua on February 5, 2010 in wanderful words

“Dear friends, you are nothing less than a miracle. There may be times when you feel that you are worthless. But you are nothing less than a miracle. The fact that you are here — alive and capable of breathing in and out — is ample proof that you are a miracle. One string bean contains the whole cosmos in it: sunshine, rain, the whole Earth, time, space and consciousness. You also contain the whole cosmos.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

I know it’s not necessarily travel or adventure related, but this excerpt from Be Free Where You Are made me smile. Aside from the feel-good aspect of it, I appreciate this quote because I find that seeing the miracle in seemingly common things is valuable for an artistic perspective. Much of the writing I enjoy the most does not focus on the spectacular; the author finds a unique angle or the beauty or humor in an everyday event and is able to convey it in an intriguing way. In my constant efforts to improve my writing and photography skills, I think it’s important to be aware of and open to seeing anything around me as a miracle worth capturing.

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Lola February 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Wonderful quote and you hit it right on the head. Creativity comes from observing the seemingly mundane and conveying its beauty through whatever artform one chooses.

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Abbie February 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

this is a great quote – i love it!

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Anil February 6, 2010 at 12:31 am

Out on the road, the small is big.

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Fly Girl February 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm

That’s a really good point to remember. Miracles are all around us but we have to remember to be present.

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Vanessa February 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

Wanderful… and a peaceful sentiment. Well done Ekua!

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Andi February 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

You are a miracle! And so is traveling!!! 😉

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Nancy February 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

Beautiful quote, Ekua. I love Thich Nhat Hanh and his message. Pema Chodron talks about watching her teacher take hours to set a table and how she learned how exquisite common actions/things are. You’re so right about applying it to the arts too. Art conveys the spectrum of life, not just the large moments.

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stacie February 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

Lovely!

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Dianne April 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Fabulous! My favorite On The Road song that I sing and hum to myself is Like a Bird on The Wire… cos this is the way to be free in your own way!
Hari Om

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