Suspend Belief and Walk with Hope

For many around the world, Easter Sunday is a special religious celebration honoring the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who was noted to walk on water by disciples. The story was meant to engender their faith in the Son of God.

Over the last two thousand years, the idea of amazing feats has continued to pique our human interest in the presence of miracles in our lives. Here is another perspective from Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk and Zen master:

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes.  All is a miracle."*

The idea of believing that our mere existence on earth is miraculous and full of wonder has the ability to really shift our mindsets. Having existed for thousands of years, the presence of miracles is fun, exciting and fills us with hope.

Try This: Suspend Belief & Walk with Hope

If you are inspired today, consider how to suspend your view of reality to believe in something miraculous. The definition of suspending belief is 'to allow oneself to believe that something is true even though it seems impossible.'  So, try this:

  • Step outside and find three things in nature that surprise you.
  • Notice how your body moves and what about the muscles, skin, and organs that you find amazing?
  • When you taste a new food or drink, does it surprise you about the people who created it, the recipe, the ingredients, and how all the pieces were brought together for you to enjoy it?

Often it is hard to imagine all the amazing things on earth that are really like little miracles every day. In fact, Christ reassured us with, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these," in John 14:12.  The idea is to suspend your belief and spot miracles all around you!

*Thích Nhất Hạnh,


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