Make Room for Magic

Want to magicify your life, but not sure where to begin? The beginning is an excellent place!

Things you don’t need: 3 easy payments plus shipping and handling, a Bachelor’s degree from a top-tier university (MBA preferred), plutonium, a pair of Spanx, the feather of a rare white peacock, a pot of gold, 3-5 years related experience, a mysterious but generous benefactor.

Things that would be helpful:

openness

If you’re already rolling your eyes or snickering at magicifying, you probably don’t think it’s for you. You could be right. But before you opt out, consider that magic comes in many forms.

For me, magicifying is whimsical and sometimes silly – but it doesn’t have to be. Ron Swanson makes his magic through woodworking and outdoorsmanship. You can make your own magic, in whatever form you want it to take. You just have to be open to delight and joy in your life.

willingness

Magicifying is supposed to be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s effortless. Like all the good things in life, making-magic requires some time and energy on your part.

The good news is that you don’t have to break the time-space continuum to somehow produce more time in your already busy day. You can divert time wasted on less important things toward this worthy endeavor.

tidiness

This is way more exciting than it sounds! As a creative type, I’ve always found comfort in the chaos around me. Tidiness seemed like the realm of uptight, boring folks. But I’ve recently discovered that a tidy, minimal environment leaves space for so much more: creativity, relaxation, and adventure.

Marie Kondo‘s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is a great place to start. She focuses our attention on keeping only that which brings us joy. The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mimms applies Kondo’s concepts to technology in a great piece called “The Magic of Tidying up Digitally.”

mindfulness

This is a tough one for many people, myself included. But there’s no way to magicify your life if you’re not present in it.

Mindfulness practice really takes practice. Luckily, there are tons of books, audiobooks, and apps out there to help you get started. I highly recommend Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist and writer who teaches about the mind-body connection. You can buy the CDs for $20 on Amazon or listen for free on Apple Music.  I’m also a big fan of the Mindfulness Daily App, which at $2, is alot of mindfulness magic for your buck.

 

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