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it’s always about the things that are yet to be discovered. just like how the future is so unknown. countless possibilities. series of imaginations
science, of the mind and space. existence itself. the absurdity of it.
My kids…especially when they’re little. Everything seems so magical, and they’ve literally made me stop to smell roses on a walk.
It’s easiest for me with the big things. Clouds passing in the sky. The vista of rolling hills from on high. The piercing array of stars in a black night. But then if I stop and observe, it’s in everything around me. Like how my thumbs move over this phone keyboard; the delicate precision with little thought needed in how they and the hands, right up to the arms, shoulders and torso, organise themselves to do this everyday task.
When I am regenerated, filled up, mindfully able to approach life, I find wonder everywhere.
What helps me find that space is nature, especially the ocean, meditative walking without aim or purpose, writing and reflection, yoga, excellent coffee savored to the last dregs, connecting to another soul compassionately, laughing for no reason, and a sense of purpose and achievement.
A star filled sky, a summer thunderstorm, a meandering river and an ocean that stretches to the horizon, a colorful sunrise or sunset and the look in a young child’s eyes as if seeing everything for the first time. These are a few of of my favorite things…that make me wonder.
The very subtle at the very edge of the periphery – just beyond the senses, but at the same time, a deep knowing is present.
The night sky.
Looking through a microscope at the swirl of beings on a tiny piece of kelp – so much life!
A microscope – wonderful, Elaine – I love microscopes!
I love kelp too –
Sitting quietly in nature, listening, looking. It’s all wondrous to me.
Mother Nature in all her glory.
The life cycle of the monarch butterfly (see below!), the tenacity of red squirrels, watching a grandchild concentrate to figure something out, a hummingbird’s wings and the sound of them, almost everything… and as Christine said, “I cannot stop….”
Nature, children of all ages. And the oceans. From the North Sea to the Pacific Ocean brings a sense of wonder in me. I once had an encounter-not too close-with a juvenile whale in Hawaii that left me truly awe-struck. I couldn’t move….my camera was close by but I really could not move….time stopped for that moment and it has left such an impression on me! Those moments of wonder are such a gift….
As many of you have said, the natural world, often little things. Yesterday going for a walk around the housing community at dusk- suddenly at some particular point the tree frogs started calling. One minute it was quiet, the next minute they all started their song.
Buying fennel plants at the local plant nursery. I see that two of the plants come with with green and yellow beautiful swallowtail caterpillars on them. Of course I buy those! I have never seen fennel caterpillars 🐛 make a cocoon…
Maeve – We raised silkworms in elementary school sciences classes I taught – there were mulberry trees in front of the school. Silkworm poop makes a good tea, not that I told the children that 🙂
Enjoy your caterpillars – I guess you can feed them fennel?
I don’t feed them. I find them in the wild (or in this case in a plant nursery), not ordered by mail or anything. I bought the plants and planted them in the ground, with the caterpillars already on them. The butterfly lays the eggs on plants in the parsley family.
I must be a city woman – I never thought of fennel as a plant and not just a vegetable. Enjoy –
Oh my goodness! Now I want to know about these and what swallowtail caterpillars look like. I have kept swamp milkweed and regular milkweed on our property to encourage monarch caterpillars and am so happy to see them simply devouring and de-leafing these milkweed as they grow…. and eventually turn into their next “chrysalis” stage. (Obviously I’m answering the question of what gives me a sense of wonder! The life cycle of the monarch, for one!) (Find a way to let us know about how your caterpillars do!)
Black swallowtail caterpillar. Look it up. Very beautiful. The caterpillar feeds on fennel, dill, parsley, carrots and celery. I have only ever seen the ones on fennel. I don’t know where they go to make chrysalises. My two that fed on the fennel, disappeared. I imagine, that like the monarch caterpillar, they went “walkabout” and made their chrysalis somewhere close by, in an obscure location.
I looked them up and they have the same yellow, black and white coloring as the monarch caterpillar but with a slightly different pattern. Fascinating and beautiful! Thanks for getting me started on a new butterfly!
Mine just sat on their egg carton or whatever and spun their cocoon. Then the moths laid eggs on the egg cartons, and we kept the eggs in the fridge until the next year.
Everything from bugs and these tiny little toads in our garden to the full moon that was setting this morning as I came out for my quiet time and the place it lives; I’m not sure I now the correct term for the science and study of how our brains work, but that…how our brains work – fascinates me to no end – all the human brain is capable of; creativity, art, music – well good music, IMHO 🙂 – babies and old people of all kinds; parents of all kinds raising families amidst the crises of today’s world – “It’s a Wonder-ful World”, to quote someone…
Children at play….pure joy and unconditional love.
Nature, the human body, the Universe, paranormal, ufos.
When being in nature, there have been wonder-filled moments, or when it is possible to become still, as happens sometimes while meditating, or while being allowed to witnessing the birth of a child; so deeply touching moments.
The inner unextinguishable Life-Light of Beingness, easily detected in children’s presence.
Mother nature and the universe around us. How grandeous they are and how little we are in comparison; yet we are an integral part. We both have an effect on each other..
Letting go opens me up to everything.
The beauty of nature. The innocence of children. Trust. LOVE.
Anytime an underlying system is revealed. Especially one that has been there forever and I simply haven’t known about it, despite its intimate connection with my daily life and supports my existence. The power grid, cellular networks, wifi, wireless chargers (how even does that work?). The thingies that make traffic lights work and the motor in my car, my fridge, even my ceiling fan (that has been on since it was installed 5 years ago). My central nervous system, the way my hair and nails keep growing, the hidden depths of my psyche. The solar system, weather. All systems that somehow are regenerating right beneath the surface and available.
Wow, Howie – thanks –
Upon awakening each morning, I’m conscious that there are many gifts that lay hidden in each day. The Divine creates numerous “ah ha! Look-see-feel” moments. It is I who must cultivate eyes that are open to see & a heart not afraid to embrace what’s new before me.
Perhaps more than anything else in the world, children, regardless of age, open me to a sense of wonder, promise, and hope. For over forty years I had the great privilege of working directly with children and teens within my community who needed support and guidance during times of crisis.
Just yesterday, while standing in line waiting for ice cream with one of our granddaughters, a woman standing behind me re-introduced herself to me and said while slipping off her sunglasses, “Hi Kevin, you probably don’t remember me. I’m Jean, and these are my two boys,” whom she then introduced to me. This wonderful occurrence happens frequently to me, and when it does, I think, what treasure, what joy it is, that pulsing quest to somehow push past obstacles, fear, and hurt and find one’s tribe and place called home.
All that is true. Love, nature, kindness, beauty. Divine moments, those that comes from feelings inside me. The gift of trust that calmes me. The sun, the stars, the universe, my life….I can not stop 😊.
I love that you concluded with the words, “I can not stop.” I feel that way, once I start listing what brings me to a sense of wonder. There is …. well, just everything. Thank you!
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