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The Seven Wonders

Melli O'Brien



Melli O'Brien



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The Seven Wonders

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to share with you a story

about the seven wonders of the world.

So the story goes that a group

of school children were asked

to list what they thought were

the seven wonders of the world.

So the children shouted out all

the answers that they had, and the

teacher started to tally their votes.

So she wrote them down on the board.

Egypt's Great Pyramids, Great

Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Grand

Canyon, Empire State Building, St.

Peter's Basilica and the Edinburgh Castle.

This is how the votes came in.

But while she was gathering the votes,

the teacher did notice that there

was one student that had been really

dedicatedly writing things on a

piece of paper, but she hadn't shared

anything with the rest of the group.

So the teacher said, "Do you

want to tell us what you think

are the seven wonders of world?"

The girl looked a little bit shy.

Eventually she started to

hold her list up and read.

And what she read out was, "I think

the seven wonders of the world are

to see, to hear, to touch, to taste,

to feel, to laugh and to love."

The teacher fell quiet and smiled.

"Thank you," she replied.

I think in everyday life, we tend to

take for granted things that are truly

miraculous, like the fact that we can hear

a beautiful piece of music or the sound of

the birds, or that we can feel the warmth

of the sun on our skin or the touch of

a loved one, or that we can feel love.

So think about today's Daily Mindfulness

as kind of like a gentle reminder that

the most grand and precious things

in life are not those big structures

built out of wood or carved in stone.

The greatest wonders are often right

under our noses to be appreciated,

enjoyed, and absolutely marveled at.

As Jon Kabat-Zinn said, you know, "The

little things, the little moments, they

aren't little, they're your life.".

So as always, thank you for your practice.

Thanks for being here.

And now let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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