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By cultivating my awareness, my heart opens connecting me to the awe and wonder of the beauty of life that surrounds us; as Conrad noted, thinking can be the great enemy of perfection.
I can experience it all if I slow down….that is difficult for me, but I am trying.
For me awe and wonderment are best sipped not gulped. I need breaks between the experiences or it loses that quality. And it usually happens when I don’t expect or look for it. It’s grace I suppose. So I’m not going out with an agenda to find it. All I can “do” is be open to notice what is going on right now and if wonderment comes to visit I’ll make a fresh pot of tea
I look for something sweet everyday. Today it was a little pug bulldog missing an eye and blind in the other. In response to my soft baby talk, he cocked his little head in an adorable way and wagged his whole body. In a glance of the eye, there was a brief exchange of love that passed between the dog owner and I and we both walked away smiling.
That is so cute
To experience more awe and wonder, I can think about nature from the perspective of various religious teachings, thinking about it from a different perspective when I contemplate a different religion. For instance, the Buddha taught that all of reality is interconnected and interdependent and is more of a “flow” than a “thing.” Likewise, Sufi Islam teaches that all creation is a manifestation of Allah. Looking at nature from these perspectives helps me to experience wonder at the beauty of nature.
Remember that Impermanence is that we will die someday and so embrace each precious moment and wonder of nature, friends and family in grateful acceptance. Even if for only a moment.
I can stop being so critical of everything around me. I can also stop worrying about the result of my actions and more just worry about the process of carrying out my actions.
Be open. Stay in the present moment. Look for the Joy, the Wonder, the Awe. Accept it, acknowledge it, enjoy it.
Happy Christmas Week to All. Be Love & Joy this week. 🎄🌟❤️🙏
Hmmm…would it help to, to play less Freecell solitaire?? But that is such a comforting activity.
Through quieting my mind with meditation and prayer I can find peace and allow more of God’s light into my heart. Also nature is so important for me. When I notice the sun’s warmth or a cool breeze, or the trees blowing gently in the wind I am reminded of the awe of my universal experience and how it is similar but different to every other being I share this physical realm with.
I think I’m doing pretty well at experiencing awe these days, but I could be a little kinder to myself and allow myself time to do the things I wish to do, as those things often bring awe! (Time in nature, creating things, learning, appreciating art, music, and good writing). 🤗
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Hmmmm….this is a tough one for me. I experience peace in the morning walk to work when the sun is just waking up. But awe and wonder – I guess this happens when I surround myself with adventure and nature. Experiencing places that are new and beautiful creates a sense of awe, for sure. As for wonder – again, that is when I am learning new things – especially when I am trying to understand new people and cultures. I guess the theme of both is having new experiences.
Live simply, think simply, simple be.
My complex thoughts, ideas and plans keep me from appreciating the awe, the joy and the wonder that is ever present.
Follow the insights of the those who so eloquently expressed their contact with “Awe and Wonder”. After All “Tis the Season” for it
“Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth.
Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine are the sinners.
The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine.
God himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me.
What do you ask, then, and seek, my soul? Yours is all of this, and all is for you.
Do not engage yourself in anything less or pay heed to the crumbs that fall from your Father’s table.
Go forth and exult in your Glory! Hide yourself in it and rejoice, and you will obtain the desires of thy heart.”
(By St John of the Cross)
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