“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
To live life in awe of everything around you — what a gift! Most of us cannot manage to live our whole lives this way, but we can manage to add more awe to our daily lives. And we should! New research is demonstrating that a daily dose of awe can be healing.
It’s like taking all of our pharmaceutical supplements, diets, daily gym visits, spiritual practices and life coaches and packaging them up in a single, perfect, cure-all pill. But here’s the catch: Not all of us can take a daily trip to the Grand Canyon. Stunning sunrises don’t happen every morning. Clouds and city lights cut us off from nightly views of the stars. So we need to find other ways to get our daily dose of awe. And that’s what this month’s spiritual exercise is all about.
Spiritual Exercise (from Soul Matters resources for Small Group Ministry)
Collect Awe Stories. One way to get more awe into our lives is to borrow it from others. That’s right, turns out we can feel awe when we listen to others share their awe stories. So this month, dive into some vicarious awe. Here’s your assignment: Collect Five Stories of Awe. Anyone is fair game –life partners, parents, siblings, kids, co-workers. Even strangers! Take them out for coffee or just ask if they have 5 minutes. Sure, you’ll be nervous. It’s a peculiar thing to ask people about. But trust us, everybody’s got a great awe story, and everybody is secretly dying to share it!
Meditation Video on Awe
Every month, as a spiritual practice that helps others develop a spiritual practice, my colleague Rev. Dave McFarland makes these beautiful videos about our Soul Matters worship themes. Enjoy December’s meditation on Awe here: