Awe stretches the heart

Awe stretches the heart

“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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Miracles everywhere

Raindrop of tip of grass with leaf in background

“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.

For want of wonder

Milky Way against dark sky with silhouettes of trees in foreground

“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

sunset over large body of water with palm tree branches in foreground

“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?