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Awe…is Awesome

Awe…is Awesome

[May you be inspired to deepen your practice of awe to strengthen your resilience and nourish your well-being.]

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.

– Rachel Carson

The finest thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.  He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.

– Albert Einstein

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?

– Rachel Carson

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.

– G. K. Chesterton

From wonder into wonder, existence opens. When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.

– Lao Tzu

The moment one gives close attention to anything even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world unto itself.

– Henry Miller

To see a World in a Grain in Sand,

And a Heaven in a Wildflower;

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,

And Eternity in an hour.

– William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

– Buddha

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

It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance.  To perceive freshly, with fresh senses, is to be inspired.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The greatest wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.

– Walt Streightiff

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years.

– Rachel Carson

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

– Rachel Carson

True and lasting wonder needs to be renewed regularly, even daily.  Otherwise, life’s inevitable formula will be:  Wonderful is followed by wonder-half-full, which is followed by wonder-quarter-full which quickly becomes wonder-less.  If you want to make your capacity for awe as wide as the sky you must take preventative action.  Otherwise, you’ll end up as a wonderless wanderer and life will cease to be a joyful adventure.

– Edward Hays

The human venture depends absolutely on this quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth.  As soon as we isolate ourselves from these currents of life, and from the profound mood that these engender within us, then our basic life satisfactions are diminished.  None of our machine-made products, none of our computer-based achievements, can evoke that total commitment to life.

– Thomas Berry

We must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely understand it.  We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.  We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence.  For I do not doubt that it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.

– Wendell Berry

One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space.  Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages.   Otherwise there was no reminder of human life.  My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the sky, the patterns of the constellations standing out bright and clear, a blazing planet low on the horizon.  It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century, this little headland would be thronged with spectators.  But it can be seen many scores of night in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they never will.

– Rachel Carson

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