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The randomness of a new friendship.
For me it is experiencing new travel and also my love of nature is usually where I look to travel. Travel to Ireland 2 times definitely brought me those awe moments when you feel like it is magical.
It is the spiritual experiences. It is like jumping on a trampoline, when you are up high and get a glimpse over a tall fence. And as the practice continues, the “airtime” enabling the glimpses elongates and more things are revealed, and the mystery deepens. And you just have to know… with such an intensity, nothing else matters. It is a call to come Home, beckoning, inviting, the ever-present whisper.
It is always when I am out in nature. For me, taking a walk or going on a hike is a reminder of all the beautiful things in this world. Sometimes it is just the breeze running across my face, the leaves as they change from shades of green to delicate yellows and fiery oranges and reds. Even just taking a moment to destress while listening to the birds sing and the leaves rustle is a reminder of how amazing it is to be present and to live in the moment. Though I don’t take the time to go outside enough, even just going outside my apartment to look at the stars or feel the wind on my face is enough to awe inspire me. I always feel a greater perspective on the things weighing my mind when I go outside. Looking out at the vastness of our earth reminds me that these moments of struggle will pass. Like an old friend, nature just knows what I need. For that, I will always be in awe of it.
Definitely experiences in nature from very small things like a beautiful autumn leaf to large things like ocean surf crashing on a beach.
A chorus of human voices singing together in beautiful harmony.
The visual arts and architecture and other expressions of human creativity and spirit.
I sometimes experience a feeling that I refer to as “the joy bubble”: upwelling joy inside me that feels like it’s bursting out of my chest, often inspired by the things on this list. It’s rare enough that that feeling alone is something I really tune in to and I’m conscious of the joy.
I can always remember an amazing awe moment for me. It was when I took a ti-chi class and a few weeks in the class we were all doing our steps together and at one moment the energy was so itense it was absolutely amazing I felt as if we were all as one and even though I didn’t full know some steps we all carried each other and flowed together that was definitely an awe moment for me😍 other awe moments for myself are the beauty all around us nature, wildlife,children and being present ❤️
Back when I had a regular yoga practice I remember having that same feeling with all of us gliding together. Thank you for reminding me of this, especially the year I did 108 Sun Salutations for the Solstice.
When I think of the word awe, I also think of the word fear. In my biblical studies, I often substituted the word “awe” whenever the English translation used the words “fear of God.” Vocabulary.com says “Awe is a feeling of fear that is mixed with respect and wonder. You might gaze at the Grand Canyon with awe, marveling at its beauty and fearing its depth. Awe dates back to Middle English, and was borrowed from Old Norse, a Scandinavian language. In Middle English the word referred to intense fear. All of that said, when thinking of experiences that open me to awe, I am drawn to nature in all of its forms. I think of the beauty I experienced in the sunsets in Arizona, the majesty of the mountains in Colorado, the massiveness of the fields of wheat in Kansas, and the roar and power of the tide on a beach in Washington State. But the experiences that have inspired me with awe the most involve the power of the love and compassion I’ve witnessed and often personally experienced from others. It’s these personal encounters that have helped me grow and given me hope for our species. Just last evening, following a day at a pain clinic being evaluated for some new spinal issues, I attended a “Who done it?” theatre production. I was tired but decided it would be good for me to get out and about for the evening. I probably would have stayed home if I had known the event required audience collaboration to identify who murdered who? Most people who attended sat with their family and friends but since I was alone, I sat with a table of young women in their 20’s. They embraced me and included me in their conversation. I learned about their lives and they ask about mine. Each table was given a set of clues to help them solve the murder and they were free to leave their table and question all suspects. I ask if it would be okay if I held court at the table and they headed out to investigate. It had been a long day for me. They said, “Sure” and went sleuthing and I studied the clues we had been given at the onset. When all was said and done, we looked at the information they gathered and the clues we had been given and our table correctly solved the murder. WE WON. We hugged, took pictures with our phones and parted with best wishes. I will probably never see them again but trust me, THEY WERE AWESOME!
I love the linguistic exploration of the underlying meaning (I majored in linguistics and English as an undergrad). Thank you for sharing that along with your fun story–congratulations!
This is a wonderful story.
I must say that, as much as I love being outside, in nature, and taking in new landscapes, some of my social interactions have been more energizing for me, if not necessarily awe-inspiring per the dictionary definition.
I did different forms of theatre for many years (I have taken some time off for a variety of reasons), and I had such a connection with the performance and audience. As an audience member, I am always leery of audience participation, so I am glad that you had such a good experience after a draining day.
Usually anything to do with nature is very awe inspiring. Technology is also awe inspiring
Being immersed in nature usually does the trick. Also, being exposed to brilliant people. Whether through books, documentary, music, art, or just meeting some amazing people.
I’m very open to awe. I’ve probably said “this is the most beautiful fall ever” 20 times since late September. I’ve taken so many pictures of sugar maples. I’m excitedly waiting for the Bald cypress’s to go! I hike and jog several times a week and pause to soak in the beauty. Daily, I’m in awe of my cats, my husband’s love, and my daughter’s sense of style. A great podcast or beautiful music knocks me off my feet. What’s life without awe!
Looking up at the early morning sky each day (I leave for work before sunrise), the vastness of the stars make me feel so tiny and also part of something so big. I am enamored with the sky… sunrises, sunsets. the stars, moon and sun. I always feel my connection to Source-God-life when gazing to the heavens.
So many things! I am in awe of little children, toddlers really, as they discover what a caterpillar is, or when they pick up a leaf that has fallen on the ground, and the concentration and delight I see in their faces. Nature fills me with awe, as does my dog when she loves me without reservation. Another experience of awe was last night. An old friend and I buy season tickets to our local theatre, and last night was a performance of Scott Bradley’s Post Modern Jukebox. The talent is incredible, and to see all these performers in action had the whole audience in awe of our humanity…inspiring.
Many times the makings of the day itself with its sameness and surprises.
Nature as other have said. Not having children, one way I appreciated nature was through the eyes of my dog, Blossom, when she was young. It might have been a bird on the wing, a shrew in our backyard, a nest of mice she discovered in a tree, the buzz of a bee, or the changes in the weather. I noticed many things anew through her eyes. The other amazing thing I noticed was her sensitivity. I came home from work early the day that I learned my father-in-law had died. Our dog, Blossom, sensed something was wrong and she spent time with me in a way she hadn’t before and didn’t after. I believe all creatures are smarter than many people think and to me that is pretty awesome.
Awe yes. We visited our son after a long absence and his dog cried with joy when she saw us.
Seeing new narure sights…or nature sights that I have seen over and over again. The stars at night…the mountains in the distance, the ocean’s waves rolling to shore, the vastness of water, the sky in all its glory….animal life- all of it. Each experience is an “ohhhh’…and I am filled with gratitude and a knowledge of God. Wishing everyone here a wonderful day of happiness and peace.
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