Wonder Wednesday

I’m starting a new journey here – it’s called: Wonder Wednesday. My hope is that it gets us thinking – or even better, wondering – about ourselves and life in general.

wonder (verb) –

1. to think or speculate curiously:

2.to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel

There was a study done by Paul Piff at the University of California in which researchers performed different experiments to investigate the various aspects of awe. Some were to measure how predisposed the participants were to awe, others to elicit it. As the last experiment, they placed them within an area of tall eucalyptus trees, so as to induce awe. Afterwards, they had the participants engage in activities to measure behaviors deemed as “prosocial” which are behaviors that are “positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship.” In all experiments, awe was associated with these behaviors.

In another, Jennifer E. Stellar found that people who experienced a sense of awe on a regular basis had a tendency for less inflammation in their bodies – something that has been correlated with disease and cancer. By testing the cheek swabs of 200 volunteers and having them fill out a questionnaire which asked about the various negative and positive emotions they had experienced in the last month, Stellar found that those who reported feeling more positive emotions – namely awe – had less inflammation markers than the others. In other words, awe may contribute to better health and wellbeing.

I’ve always had a fascination with children and their ability to wonder. To imagine entire worlds of possibilities with no shred of doubt or judgment. Children naturally seem to live in a state of awe. Life is fun and magical and everything in between. Thanks to all of the perceptibly never-ending responsibilities and duties, it’s an ability that most of us adults tend to be too grounded to do anymore – not that it’s a bad thing to be grounded, we absolutely need to be in order to survive in this chaotic world. BUT balance, balance, balance, my friends!

β€œSeven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.” – Leonard Cohen

I feel we could all benefit from beginning to embody the limitless curiosity of a child, ripe with imagination and wonder. Taking a short moment to shift our perceptions and get reacquainted with this space within that has been there since we ourselves were children.

So, as the first Wonder Wednesday, and in honor of awe, I ask:

What experiences elicit a sense of awe for you? Are you willing to seek those out more often?

 

I invite you to let me know in the comments below! πŸ™‚

xo

PS – Sorry so late on this! I know it’s almost Thursday. The idea came to me as I was getting ready for sleep. Next Wednesday will be a much earlier post!

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Wonder Wednesday

  1. Loved your wonder wednesday post so much and I would also like to be in awe of everything and like a child be in awe of each and everything. Life is so beautiful and to be with the one who is in all is so wonderful. Great post loved each and every word of your well written post.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Life truly is beautiful! I’ve always noticed we tend to say things like, “Oh, to be a child again.” The silly thing is we don’t have to be a child to experience that sense of wonder! Thank you! I am so excited that you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Hey) I really like this idea! It is known that when we see or experience something nice, beautiful and pleasant, we do not feel bad, nothing hurts, you know) I have experienced that in my life, when you just forget about everything around you and breathe in the moment) Or maybe i didn’t understand it right)))

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh, I love this idea! I wish the post didn’t have as much background though because a sense of wonder is relatable enough to where readers might not need it defined.
    To answer the question, nature always gives me a sense of awe whenever I see a perfectly dusted snowy landscape or a clear night sky or a multicolor sunset. It feels lovely to be able to catch those moments or be lucky enough to preserve them with a camera.
    I hope the next Wonder Wednesday gets everyone thinking!
    -Author S

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mmm, yes! Nature and all of it’s magic! Sunsets are definitely one of my awe-inspiring experiences as well. Being out in the desert of West Texas also awards me the opportunity to view the twinkling starscape above without the interference of light pollution. Truly wonderous!
      Also, thank you for your feedback, I suppose I’m still getting used to the idea of a short and sweet post. πŸ™‚ I will remember this!
      Thanks again for sharing!

      Like

    1. Beautiful! πŸ™‚ I hope you take advantage of that opportunity as often as possible! I definitely agree. The first time I saw the ocean, I was completely blown away. The majesty of it, the vastness – it was the most powerful energy I had ever experienced. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s