I just finished Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation series, and I came away with three really powerful ideas that I want to share. I’m going to talk about the first one today, and the others over the next two posts.
The first one is a very simple, utterly lovely suggestion:
Let yourself be awed.
As children, we were constantly amazed by a world that presented us with new experiences every day, but as we grow older two things happen. First, what was new becomes old – we’ve “been there, done that” all over the place. And second, we train ourselves to stop noticing the things we experience all the time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I imagine it would be exhausting to be in a state of perpetual surprise, but I also suspect we miss much of the beauty and grace that exists within even our most ordinary days.
Deepak urges us to cultivate a sense of awe because in that state of receptiveness, we are not as likely to miss it when an opportunity (or love, or beauty, or adventure) knocks. Plus, it’s just plain fun to be delighted all the time, to feel a breeze as a caress, to see blossoms as magic tricks, to look up at the stars and remember that we’re made of the same sparkly stuff.
This morning, getting ready to write this post, I came across this quote from The Fault In Our Stars, which I could not possibly love more. It seemed very serendipitous that I stumbled across it just as I wanted to talk about awe (serendipity being one of the things you notice most when you open yourself up to wonder), so I hand lettered it.
Congratulations to Debbie Krovitz, Shelby Schock, and Joyce Quinn!
I’ll be emailing you guys for addresses soon. And thank you to everyone who left me a comment. I love when you come play with me, and I really valued what you had to say about social media and the degree to which it might encourage us to curate and put forth a more perfect version of ourselves. I definitely want to talk more about that in the future.
In the meantime, have a spectacularly strange and lovely weekend, you guys!