Spring in Minnesota at the beginning of March!
How Lady Grey’s Garden tea never ceases to amaze and delight me!
Finding the perfect pink down sweater marked way down at REI.
The spark of new life as fire is created in the woodstove.
Getting bangs and opening my face to new freedom!
The bliss coursing through my body when I dance.
A girlfriend feeding me freshly-baked cornbread.
How my bodysoul loves to run full out!
The open wonder in the face of a child.
Birdsong arising out of nowhere.
Dave. Here. With me.
When I am able to experience this openness to life, this radical amazement, I am here. Present. Alive. Living my life.
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement.
….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually.
To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
~ Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Sometimes it happens out of the blue.
Sometimes I invite this orientation by turning toward myself and life with mindfulness. (More about mindfulness.)
I was recently working with a client—she was feeling stuck in fear that things would not work out—and as she turned toward and accepted those feelings and sensations in her heart and body, all at once more of herself opened up, and she got it:
Life. Love. Holding. Acceptance. It’s all here. Available right now. And it’s AMAZING!
Parker Palmer encourages us to practice with this simple phrase:
“When the going gets rough, turn to wonder.”
How can you turn to wonder today?
If you’d like support creating more openness and wonder in your life, I’m here for you! Sign up for a free Discovery Session to see how my work can support you.
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**This collage was originally created to explore the healthy qualities of Enneagram Type One. The quote used on it, “And suddenly happiness of being entered me,” is from Anna Swir’s poem “Priceless Gifts” from her book of poetry Talking To My Body.