Here is a wonderful post from Kimberly Kinrade:
Do you see the magic in the everyday moments?
As a fantasy writer, I create magic all the time. My characters dive into darkness, challenging monsters, overcoming fears, and mastering their powers.
But what about in real life? How does a writer of magic find the magic in something so benign as doing dishes? Escapism and the willing suspension of disbelief are wonderful tools to let us immerse ourselves in story. Staying in the present is the tool we need to immerse ourselves in our own magical lives.
So often when I am working in my house, engaging with my children or spending time with my partner, I am not really present. I know you can’t relate to this at all! That experience of being in the past or future, or another world altogether… anywhere but right here, right now.
But that is where REAL magic exists.
Take a moment right now and look around. Where are you? What do you see? Feel? Smell? Taste? Hear? How does it feel to be completely present to this moment in time? If there are others with you, take time to make eye contact, fully seeing them and allowing them to see you. Be in no other time or place. That’s magic. It’s not the big moments of grand adventure. It’s all the steps it takes to get to those moments.
Magic is in doing the dishes.
Think about it. Dishes start out dirty. You fill the sink with water and add soap. And the dirt disappears. *Magic* I know we all would probably prefer a wand or fairies to help us out with this, but next time you do the dishes, try to stay fully present with each dish, each bubble, each warm drop of water that carcasses your skin as you clean away the dirt.
The Japanese understand this. They can make any daily chore a ritual of beauty. Their tea ceremonies, for example. Each breath taken is the reflection of a meditative spirit. Every item of clothing, every movement of the body is specific, practiced, and intentional.
Now I’m not suggesting that everyone start wearing fancy clothes to wash dishes, but I am suggesting that even in doing dishes, cleaning house, or cuddling with our loved ones, we can bring the sacred into that space. I don’t mean religion (though that can be a part of it, for those who are inclined), but I do mean the kind of focus that lights a fire in you and others.
In a day and age of multitasking and distractions, it is especially difficult to discipline our mind in this way. And it is a discipline. Just like magic! If you read great fantasies, or any book for that matter, you see that the hero has to become disciplined in their practice of magic, fighting, or whatever they need in order to fulfill their quest.
A great book begins with a character who has room to grow. Doesn’t this define us all? And that growth comes from self-mastery, self-understanding, and discipline. For us, the same is true. We are all on a hero’s quest. And maybe we don’t battle dragons or fall in love with sparkly vampires, but we do battle dust bunnies and fall in love with the wonderful diamonds in our life.
To fully appreciate our journey, we have to see the magic in the dish water. Without that awareness we sleep walk through life and miss all the fun! So the next time you find your mind slipping away, practice some everyday magic and make that moment count!
Halloween is here and Lexie, Bella and Maddie couldn’t be happier. But why does everything feel so different? Fewer houses are decorated and fewer kids are out trick-or-treating. Still, that’s not going to stop the three girls from eating as much candy as they can before their parents can stop them, even if that means fighting each other for it.
When they finally discover a haunted house worthy of their favorite holiday, they forget their parents’ warnings and go in alone, only to discover that the house really is haunted, and not only that, but they’ve been transported to a whole different world!
A dying Sugar Fairy in one of the abandoned rooms send them on a quest to find her Sugar Baby and the magic Sugar Flower in order to save her and Halloween. If they fail, Halloween will be gone forever, and they’ll never return to their family.
But with Sugar Bug attacks, the Cavity Caves where they must face their deepest fears, and giant gummy bears armed with candy cane swords, the girls aren’t sure they’ll make it.
Their only chance is to work together, using each of their strengths to help each other. Can they stop fighting over candy long enough? Or will they be trapped in the dying Sugar Land forever?
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children’s fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.
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