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I remember when I first saw a steep sided fjord with waterfalls descending and ethereal wisps of cloud draped above. It was so immense I stopped being me and this body was just present and part of this experience and felt like a child anew.
The power of AWE…they myriads it contains in its knowing, seeing, being…
A realization that I am part of a much, much bigger and more significant happening than my senses allow me to perceive.
I love being a tiny part of a much bigger thing, I love the beauty of what I am seeing, the wonder of it all, and I always experience a feeling of gratitude. But what do I discover from it? That it is easy to get carried away by the business of life and we should take the time to stop and stare and feel awe so that we can experience all these wonderful feelings. That the world is much bigger than we are and our worries and concerns can pale into insignificance against the world’s marvels.
Just about anything is possible.
There are miracles all around us if we are open to seeing them.
It is important to pay attention. I have a tendency to race through life, chores, etc. When I slow down and look around me–really look–I am in awe of everything around me.
That we are part of something bigger. What comes to mind first when I think of moments of awe is that feeling you get when you hike to the summit of a mountain and then take in the views. Or when I’m flying 35000 feet above ground and look down at the vast landscape below. Or when I’m looking out at the ocean and know it’s much more massive than what I can see with my eyes. Or when I’m camping and stare up at the sky seeing hundreds of stars I can’t normally see from my home. Those are moments of awe. They bring peace and comfort.
That I, that we, are part of something great and wonderful. That there are limits to what we can grasp and understand. That there is beauty and order in the world, despite our momentary, passing perceptions.
Openness~ Peace and oneness. Connection without a care or self conscious thought. Lighness of being.
Most probably, like Kevin and Mike mentioned already, I have missed so many moments of awe. The moments when I was aware enough, they were deeply touching, there was stillness, great beauty and a sense of oneness and wonder. And there was deep gratitude to experience it.
I have learned that you can’t make someone else experience awe in the same way you do. I was moved to tears by a double rainbow over our house. I made my husband come stand with me to see it’s splendor. His response was something to the effect of, “I don’t think we are done with these storms yet. We better get the cars moved in.”
Your husband is like that, TOO? 😀
…..takes my breath away…..
I enjoy watching sunrises and sunsets. Something about their beauty make me reflect on the blessings I have, and blessings I have yet to receive. It’s humbling.
In moments of awe, I feel a connectedness to all things, transcendence–part of a vast web of creation. The opportunities for these moments are everywhere. Like Kevin, I can only imagine how many I’ve missed.
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