What is magic? Is it all "abracadabra" and "hocus pocus," or is there something more to it? We often describe childhood as having a magical quality to it and we fondly remember the magic surrounding a first kiss. Once these periods of time pass, sadly, the words "magic" and "magical" are used less often and presumed to have a polar relationship to the word "adult." Magic is actually a real and integral part of both life and health for kids and adults alike, and it surrounds each of us---if we pay attention to it.
I recently had the opportunity to go see a Huey Lewis and the News
concert and undeniably, the adults in the audience were re-experiencing
the magic they had felt during their childhoods and teenage years. As
most of you probably know, Huey Lewis and the News are a San
Francisco-based American band with a unique and catchy style of music
that is a genre unto itself.
Their music not only captures the
pizzazz of the decade during which their songs played regularly on the
radio (the 1980's), but it embodies the thrum and energy of life and
magic itself. How could I gauge this? Half of the audience was younger
and attending their first Huey Lewis and the News concert. Though times
have changed since the 80's, people continue to be attracted to music
that captures life and youthful magic the way that Huey's songs do. If
you're interested, check out their music! www.hueylewisandthenews.com
you ever heard a song, read a book, or watched a movie that instantly
transports you back to a time when you remember magic swirling around
you? If so, how does it make you feel when this happens? For many, the
immediate euphoric sensation may come with a twinge of sadness or
nostalgia afterward. It can be bitter-sweet to remember times that felt
more innocent and unburdened such as those felt during youth. When we're
young, the world feels open and new like an unexplored gift. Though
music and other forms of art can capture these memories and their
magical quality, we quickly realize that there's no way to go back in
You know what, though?
That's okay. There is no need to go back in time to have magic and
innocence present in your life. Time has a forward progression, and
that's the way it's meant to be. But that doesn't mean that life will
rob you of magic simply because you can't go back in time or because
you're an adult! You are where you are, and you are who
you are---and there's a real-time sense of magic accessible to you
right now. It's not exactly the same magic you felt during childhood,
but it's true for you today.
Life can feel hectic and busy to the
point where each of us ignores or rejects the magic that already exists
for us. When you're momentarily jarred from reality by something
touching such as magical music, it may not simply be due to nostalgia
for the past. The strong emotions may be triggered by the magic that
you're missing in your life today. Magic helps us stay true to who we
are as individuals, promotes health and vitality, and inspires awe about
the human spirit and the world we live in. What would a world without
magic feel like?
This week, challenge yourself to kindle the magic that is natural to you and your life. What areas of your life could benefit from a healthy dose of magic and awe?