Moments of Awe
Moments of awe are rarely considered when we are taught to set goals and achieve them. Some of us create a vision board every year hoping to manifest bigger things. The belief is that if we only dedicate more to our practice and clearly call out our desires, we will manifest everything.
But the universe teaches us to flow with Nature. Of course, it’s important to make an effort and set an intention. But working harder and harder is not the point. We often miss out on the simple beauty around us when we are constantly planning or living in the past. The moments of awe are right here, right now. Available equally to each of us when we are discerning about where we invest our energy. And become clear on what we are creating in the world.
We can choose to be hardened and wounded by life or we can embrace each experience with curiosity and be humbled. There is no need for a time out in a penalty box when we’re constantly evolving.
When we live in the known, we expect predictability and safety. And we retell, and often relive our stories, as we follow the five-steps to whatever someone else is selling us. But when we trek into the unknown, we can choose to be surprised by the great mystery of life.
We can choose when we want to put on the breaks and when we want to go full speed ahead. But what if there is no reason to rush?
Moments of Wonder
What if we get to practice our art and live one day at a time. For me, I consciously stepped back from what I thought was important to make space for the unknown. Trusting in divine timing and letting go of stressful people and situations; understanding that we each have our own work to do at our own pace.
And it’s funny because sometimes we show up in people’s lives to help them in certain ways. But we also need to know when it’s time to get out of toxic situations when they no longer enrich ours. The question is, where do we choose to invest our energy?
And when we walk away and pause, there is wonder. We make space to connect with people who accept us as is and don’t need to fix us because we are not broken. It is in these moments of awe, when we know we are fully supported regardless of how we act, that we understand the true meaning of connection and the importance of dialogue.
It frees us to take part in the emerging world where we are appreciated for our quirkiness and our gifts. No longer needing to defend, debate or fight. For in this world, there are no sides. No one instructing us how to behave and be. And this allows us to step forward on a healthy foundation not knowing exactly what the future holds. But learning to trust life and our own hearts.
What if it is simply our choice whether we continue to suffer or embrace the unknown with ease and fun?
The only person we can rely on when we embrace the unknown is ourselves. And I have to share with you that when we do, it is amazing. The people, places and experiences that begin to show up are aligned with our way of being. We no longer retell stories as we have jumped into healthier stories without pre-destined plans or goals.
It’s in these moments of awe that we are given the opportunity to experience our humanity and the expansiveness of the universe. We get to play with the idea that so much is unwritten and there is always a way. We may not always like it. But there’s always a way to open ourselves to healthy, conscious living.
This passage is often attributed to Albert Einstein, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt is awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Taking one breath at a time, with eyes wide open, are you ready to embrace your moments of awe? What meaning are you ready to usher in right now?
We understand the miracle of life when we embrace the unexpected and throw caution to the wind.