While sitting at my favorite coffee shop this morning, I was listening to Portuguese Fado music. That brought back memories of my trip to Lisbon years ago and part of me wished I could travel back to the land of Port wine and salted cod. When I returned home and turned on the T.V., right there, playing on the first channel, was a travel program on Lisbon. I said: “Ha, that’s interesting”.
Tonight, when I went with my friend to our favorite barbecue joint, there was an hour and a half wait. So he suggested we try a Japanese restaurant. Right before we arrived at the Japanese place, he said there is a new Indian restaurant that he’s wanted to try. I said to myself: “Ha, that’s interesting” as for two days I had craved Indian food.
Now, to many of us, these sound just mere coincidences. And if I hadn’t talked to my other friend from the meditation center I go to, I would have thought the same. What this other friend told me (when he brought it up weeks ago) was that before getting deeper into spirituality, he would see coincidences and wouldn’t make much of it. After learning to be more in the “now” and “present”, he observes many more of these meaningful connections and truly sees that them as synchronicity. He sees a deeper connection between these events and him, as if a universal energy binds him and these events together.
There is truth to his statement that as modern citizens of this fast and furious world, we have so many thoughts hitting us every minute that we rarely focus on the “now” to see any connection at all. And there is also truth to his statement that all organic and inorganic objects in the world are connected. We all share the same atoms and are bound by the same energies.
But what I also “read” in his statement is an element of hope, magic and mystery…
As kids, we believed in fairies and Santa Claus. That belief brightened our days and took us on sweet and fascinating journeys.
As adults, many of us take things far too seriously. Life has become drudgery and the sparkles in our eyes have faded away. So what is wrong with being kids again? Haven’t we been told that we need to laugh more, dance more, dream more, and be more like children we once were?
Wouldn’t it be fun to think that some benevolent guardian fairy is looking over us and creating meaningful connections every day of our lives? And isn’t it great to think that Santa Claus is granting our wishes, day in and day out?
Whatever we put our attention and focus to, we see more of. Don’t we? So wouldn’t it be plain smart to look for the synchronicity Santa Claus “will” bring to our lives? Wouldn’t we then see more of it?