“When suffering constricts the heart, awe stretches it back out, making us more compassionate, more loving, more present.” ~Valarie Kaur
I love this image of awe restoring a constricted heart! How often do you allow yourself to truly experience awe as an adult? Perhaps we would all be well served by seeking it out and immersing ourselves in awe more often.
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“There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi
We are surrounded by beauty and goodness and wonders that we are so often blind to in our daily busyness. Taking the time to notice these treasures in our midst gives us so many chances to bow in awe in a hundred different ways.
When is the last time you paid attention to the wonder around you?
“Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
The pressures and challenges of daily life (not to mention the times of grief and brokenness) can dull our senses so that we only see life’s hard places, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are surrounded every moment by miracles and wonders that we’ve ceased to notice. Remembering to look for these miracles and treasure them can make even the hard places easier to handle.
“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Small children have no problem with wonder. They find wonder in everything they see. But as adults we often lose our capacity for wonder, getting bogged down in the details and responsibilities of daily life.
The wonders of the world don’t go away. We just become oblivious to them, though they surround us at every moment.
If you’re looking for more joy in your days, reconnect to your childhood sense of wonder, and you’ll discover that there’s no lack of wonders all around you!
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~John Milton
The intentional practice of gratitude changes us. And there are always moments and people and things to be grateful for, even in life’s hardest times.
How often do you focus on gratitude in your days?