“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 in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
― Albert Einstein
Awe is an emotion comparable to wonder but less joyous."An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures." Another dictionary definition is a "mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might: We felt awe when contemplating the works of Bach. The observers were in awe of the destructive power of the new weapon."
Why Awe Makes Your Life Better: -
Research suggests that awe can make you happier, healthier, humbler, and more connected to the people around you. Experiencing awe over time could potentially have long-term health benefits such as sharpen our brains, decrease materialism and feel more connected to people and humanity
Activities for Awe
Spend time in nature
But even for those of you who aren’t gardeners, you can enter the portal of awe by watching a worm wiggle its way through moist soil, observing the sunlight streaming through the dappled shade or listening to the rustling of perennial grasses in the breeze.
Rather than rushing back to your desk or out to lunch with friends during the work week, take your lunch, find a park bench where nature and people abound (if you work or live in the city this is a no-brainer) and just observe.
Listen to Music
Meditation, nature and medicine music works well to feel awe
Read a biography of someone who inspires you
Body Scan, Loving & Kindness, Deep Meditation