Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walter Mason reads Sharon Snir's inspirational The Little Book of Everyday Miracles

This is one of those books that I adore, a collection of short and inspiring stories that leave me with a constant smile on my face. At several points while reading The Little Book of Everyday Miracles I simply had to put the book aside to laugh, to cry or to simply reflect on the truth of that story's message.

It's a book about miracles: recognising them, allowing them, and causing them to happen in the complex busy-ness that most of us immerse ourselves in. My own copy of the book is dog-eared, simply too many sections that delighted and inspired me, and I can only give you a little taste here of how wonderful and special this book is.

I need to start out by telling you it is a perfect gift book, I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be thrilled and delighted to receive this collection of anecdotes and spiritual lessons. I have made it my Christmas book, purchasing several copies to give to friends and colleagues, wanting to spread the light (and the miracles) that it creates.

Right at the beginning author Sharon Snir tells us that miracles are important because they stay with us for a lifetime, and that in remembering them we can re-enthuse ourselves. I am personally convinced that what this world lacks at presesent is a healthy dose of the miraculous, and that we have privileged cynicism, negativity and contempt for wonder to our enormous detriment. The stories in Sharon's book lead us back once more into the pursuit and cherishing of miraculous memories and key lifetime events:
"Just thinking about a certain miracle connects you back in time to that magical happening and once more you are filled with the wonder and joy of that miraculous moment."
Sharon, a prominent Australian psychotherapist and healer, is herself a channel of miraculous deeds and events. Sometimes, however, they don't come in a shape or form that we might immediately identify as wonderful. Sometimes we need to see the miracle in loss, in defeat and even illness. Sharon even discovers a life lesson after a parrot poops in her mouth!

Sharon Snir
Her previous book, Looking for Lionel, is one of the gentlest and most honest accounts of living with a parent's dementia that I have ever encountered, and Sharon's capacity for gravitas and meditative reflection means that this book never veers into the schmaltzy or sanctimonious. Instead she invites us to cultivate miracles in our lives, celebrate the miracles of others and see the miraculous qualities of the small and seemingly mundane

A beautiful, beautiful book that you will turn to again and again.

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