Why do I love Manka’s?
I love Manka’s because they have magic! If you have never been to Manka’s you have no idea what I am talking about so I encourage you to go. It is an inn in Inverness where one registers at a Gulf Stream trailer and someone interesting will take you to your room. If you are lucky, you will meet the beautiful Margaret who is the owner. There is something special about this place because it casts a spell on you. The first time I checked in with my daughter, we were both enchanted. Why? The magic is apparent. Perhaps some might not feel it and I am sorry for them. We felt it and despite the fact that we are a very verbal family, couldn’t describe it though we tried throughout our dinner in Pt Reyes.
Magic is important in life and I fear some forget how to access magic. It’s a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she clicks her heels together and goes right home. Home, to me, has not been the fireside comfort most may think of but rather a dreamlike state that makes you feel almost paralyzed and as if you are wearing 3D glasses. I love magic. I think if more people took time in their day to access it they would be more joyful. Magic makes you feel as if you have a secret friend who adores you and is constantly telling you really funny and magical things. Magic makes the cold nights more cozy and companionable and allows life to be filled with hope and not depression.
It is important to live in the present moment and to train your brain to not feel pain but to feel calm and peace. Magic is a part of this as it is joyful. Turning inward makes one feel as if one has discovered something really valuable that no one else knows about and the desire to share this magic usually doesn’t happen. Our own magic is what makes it special: it is ours alone.
So my advice to all of you is to remember your own magic. If you can’t remember any then visit Manka’s or simply go outdoors and watch the moon appearing and disappearing. You need to do this. We all do. Magic is survival and happiness. Magic is love personified and it is there in our own consciousness all the time. All we have to do is tune in.