Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Awe and Wonder

Some time ago, I was online looking for an article I had seen referenced in Spirituality & Health. I found the article, then noticed a self-test to determine what spiritual practices would be most beneficial. I took the test and the spiritual practice that was recommended for me was WONDER.

“There is no end to the things that can awaken our wonder, from the majesty of the night sky to the smell of lilacs in the spring to the turning of the leaves in the fall. And it is all right here, a feast of epiphanies and astonishments in the daily round of our spiritual lives.” (Spirituality & Health website).

Wonder. I like the feeling of wonder. I went from the computer to the TV and flipped to an early morning show and they were talking about .  .  .  . Wonder.  Awe and wonder. I had to laugh, and felt a sense of gratitude for experiencing another mini-miracle.

The message I got was, instead of focusing my attention on what’s not working in my life (which can sometimes be a habit), try looking around at all the beauty. I looked into my backyard and chose to notice the trees and how they were swaying softly in the breeze. I noticed a few butterflies and dragonflies. I noticed the colors of the grass, flowers, trees, sky, clouds – so much to take in.  I felt grounded again; I felt my connection to the universe.

So, awe and wonder is a choice for me now. A practice. Each day I’ll “slow down and tune into the varied world of this and that.” (Spirituality and Health website). Slowing down and tuning in – that’s great advice.  It’s wonder-ful.

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