“May you see the world with wonder.”
– from The Twelve Gifts for Healing
Like Charlotte Eriksson, “I want to remember to notice the wonders of each day, in each moment, no matter where I am, under any circumstance.” And that includes the circumstances of sickness, sadness, and stress. How about you?
Did you know that wonder promotes healing?
“The more I wonder, the more I love,” said Alice Walker. Love promotes healing too. As does beauty. And joy.
We were bursting with wonderment in early childhood. It wanes as we age. But we can re-invigorate our sense of wonder. Why would we?
Well, for one reason, as Einstein said, “Whoever…can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead.
What stirred wonder in you when you were a child? What does now?
Did you experience wonderment when you saw a wildflower growing through a sidewalk crack? The bare roots of a tree clinging to the side of a rocky mountain? Sun stars sparkling on water? Bright green insects? Baby ducklings? A newborn child? The Milky Way?
Do you still feel a little thrill of joyful awe
when you see “God rays” streaming from above
through a break in the clouds? For many people, that sight is a touchstone for faith and wonder.
How about when you see a full rainbow or a double one?
Let’s intend to experience wonder somehow, somewhere today. At least once.
Along with setting the intention to experience wonder, expect to be delighted. Give thanks for the awesome beauty you trust you will see. Open your mind, your heart, and your eyes. Your ears too. Notice what happens for you.