The marvels that surround us
This blog is inspired by an experiment which took place on a subway station in Washington D.C back in 2007. …
A man sat on the floor, put his hat out for spare change and played the violin for an hour. Of the more than 1000 people who walked by him, only seven stopped to listen. Over the course of the hour, he collected $32 dollars in donations from people who passed by. What is strange about this you may ask? Well, as it turns out, the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He was playing on a violin valued at over three and a half million dollars, and only two nights prior, played to a sold-out concert in Boston.
There is, I believe, much to be learned from this. Clearly, we very, very often have absolutely no idea of the beauty of things that drift momentarily into the narrow slice of reality that we know as daily life.
We could be surrounded by wondrous events and lessons, as indeed we are on almost every day, and yet continually fail to appreciate their worth. In learning to open our senses to the marvels that surround us, to the multitude of lessons that are available to us, we open ourselves to deep-learning and a life of joy. These marvels can be found on subway stations, in the woods, in the eyes of our friends and on the mat during our practise.