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Wonder

Wonder

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow stronger” WB Yeats

I choose to believe we are all wondrous, and surrounded by wonder.  But I often forget to notice the magic of the world around me.  I get drawn into the minutae of my life…. And then, suddenly, whilst driving, I turn a corner, and see an enormous bright, creamy full moon directly above me in a dark, clear, city sky…or I drive over a bridge on my way home and see a skyline with a vast, mythical cloud formation, or, living in Toronto, I unexpectedly catch sight of the CN tower standing tall and majestic in-between buildings, or when I’m walking the dog I suddenly notice a young deer in the trees standing still and watching me.  And I take a breath.  I stop in my tracks. 

Novelty, variety, and the unexpected allow us to remember we are alive.  They wakes us up.  Wonder gives us a sense of the vastness of things.  The places we can’t even imagine with our human minds.  It puts things in perspective.  It is a re-set from the daily repetitive thinking we regularly live within.

That’s not to say the daily repetitive thinking is unnecessary or unneeded.  Yet, moments of Wonder give us a bigger picture. They stretch us.  

I want to notice wondrous things more, to invite in curiosity and pondering. 

One of the key components of Wonder, I think, is its unexpectedness.  The jolt it gives us.  It’s different to gratitude, where we may intentionally focus on appreciation. It’s different from inspiration, which allows us to search for those experiences, people and places that can feed our energy. Wonder shocks us. It can bring tears to my eyes. I feel it in my body.

Even as I write this post and remember my experiences of wonder I feel an energy that wasn’t there when I sat down in front of the computer to write.  My brain is being lit up with the memories.

So I encourage you to give yourself opportunities to notice the Wonder in your life.  The moments that take you out of the busy, the worry, the boredom, the responsibility.  The experiences that whisk you into your senses, awe-struck at the beauty, the impossibility, the incredibleness. 

Wishing for you receptivity to the magic around you.

Courage

Courage

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” EE Cummings On a daily basis we are invited time and again to show up in the world as our authentic self, and time and again we don’t.  The risk feels too great.  Our fears arise to try and protect us from anticipated…Continue Reading

Inspiration

Inspiration

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” Mark Twain There are a lot of articles encouraging us to find and follow our passion.  It sounds lovely, but sometimes in the day to day of our lives, when we have obligations and responsibilities that leave us wanting…Continue Reading

Nourish

Nourish

“She had a truly revolutionary idea: she would make more time for life’s truly important things.  First on the list: breathing” Amy Rubin Flett It has been a long, cold winter here in Eastern Canada.  March’s Spring Equinox with her gift of extra daylight, promises us that the grip of winter is loosening: The ice…Continue Reading

Money Stories

Money Stories

  Recently I have been making some decisions to invest in my business which, as I work alone, really means investing in myself. These decisions have created a lot of scattered thinking as I yo-yo between what I want and fear of spending money that doesn’t have an immediate and obvious outcome. Noticing the powerful…Continue Reading

Creating Sanctuary

Creating Sanctuary

I love my home. It is a little brick bungalow nestled among larger renovated homes, quite hidden amongst these big, grown up houses. What I love about my home is its littleness. Its ability to wrap snugly around me. Yes, it has too much furniture, and the kitchen is dated and minuscule, and the layout…Continue Reading

Creating space

Creating space

When I am feeling overwhelmed, stuck and unable to make meaningful decisions about… well, about anything, I realise it is is time to unclutter.  Sometimes that is clearing the piles on my desk, or managing my unruly stationary drawer, but most of the time it is about stopping and creating stillness… to create space ……Continue Reading

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