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The Spiritual Practice of Wonder

The Spiritual Practice of Wonder

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The Spiritual Practice of Wonder
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WONDER
Enhances:
Sensousness
Balances/Counters:
 Indifference
The Basic Practice
Wonder
begins in the senses, comes alive in the imagination, andflourishes in adoration of the Divine. It arises from our natural curiosityabout the grand adventure of life. It increases our capacity to be a boldinner space tripper and an avid explorer of the physical world.There is no end to the things that can awaken our wonder, from themajesty of the night sky to the smell of lilacs in the spring to the turningof the leaves in the fall. And it is all right here, a feast of epiphanies andastonishments in the daily round of our spiritual lives.The first step in this spiritual practice is to rejoice in the play of oursenses: smell, touch, taste, hear, and see. Slow down and tune into thevaried world of this and that. You'll never get anywhere with thispractice by rushing.
 
 
Why This Practice May Be For You
Indifference — that listless, blasé, and detached feeling — is the contrastto wonder. We can never be astonished, awestruck, or surprised when weare either overwhelmed or underwhelmed. Feeling the first, we don'tnotice the subtle blessings in our surroundings; we don't take the time tostop and smell the roses. Feeling underwhelmed, we couldn't care less."So what?" becomes our response instead of "ah-ha!" Wonder is anantidote to both conditions.This spiritual practice spices up our life with a constant parade of newdelights. Most glorious of all, it enhances sensuousness, that elixir thatkeep us forever young in spirit!
 
Quotations
Borrowing the lens of a poet's sensibility, we see the world in a richerway — more familiar than we thought, and stranger than we knew, aworld laced with wonder. Sometimes we need to be taught how andwhere to seek wonder, but it's always there, waiting, full of mystery andmagic. — Diane Ackerman in
Deep Play
 I think we all have a core that's ecstatic, that knows and that looks up towonder. We all know that there are marvelous moments of eternity thatjust happen. We know them. — Coleman BarksIf you become Christ's you will stumble upon wonder upon wonder andevery one of them true. — Saint Brendan of Birr quoted in
The Open Gate
 by David AdamThe tin foil collectors and the fancy ribbon savers may be absurd, butthey're not crazy. They are the ones who still retain the capacity forwonder that is the root of caring. — Robert Farrar Capon in
Bed & Board
 A mature sense of wonder does not need the constant titillation of thesensational to keep it alive. It is most often called forth by a
 
confrontation with the mysterious depth of meaning at the heart of thefamiliar and the quotidian. — Sam Keen in
Apology for Wonder
 At the back of our brains, so to speak, there was a forgotten blaze orburst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artisticand spirited life was to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder. — G. K.Chesterton in
Chaucer
 It is confirmation to me that beyond the material world of cause andeffect, there is a dimension of spirit waiting for our recognition. We seesuch a small piece of all the wonder surrounding us. — Paula D'Arcy in
Gift of the Red Bird
 To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mysterythat animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. —Abraham Joshua Heschel quoted in
Finding Your Own Spiritual Path
byPeg ThompsonMay you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart ofwonder. — John O'Donohue in
Eternal Echoes
 Wonder encourages us to stand humbly before the unfathomablemysteries of human life, trusting that, in them, we encounter God. —Melanie Svoboda in
Traits of a Healthy Spirituality
 But if we mean to choose the world, we must see God in the people whocome under our care. That is, we must see them as at bottom nodifferent from ourselves. No matter our busyness, no matter our own orothers' flaws, we need at some point to see every human being as amarvel, a berry held up in sunlight, worthy of wonder. — Philip Simmonsin
Learning to Fall
 Contemplate the wonders of creation, the Divine dimension of theirbeing, not as a dim configuration that is presented to you from adistance, but as the reality in which you live. — Rabbi Abraham IsaacKook quoted in
The Gift of Kabbalah
by Tamar FrankielIt takes grace in our time to keep our minds open to wonder, to be readyfor the tug from God, the push from the Spirit, and the revelation ofdeep things from the hearts of ordinary people. It takes grace, but it is agreat gift. — Lewis B. Smedes in
How Can It Be All Right When EverythingIs All Wrong?
 

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