As Seniors, we are far more likely than younger folks to claim having been in AWE of certain experiences many times in our lives, but what have you done lately to find a new sense of awe…? Minds leap to mental images of The Grand Canyon, or Niagara Falls, or Machu Pichu, but closer to home there are certainly additional options. Aside from travel, it can be found in the face of incredible music performances or art galleries or observatories. It can also be found as you participate in and witness a personal, incredibly meaningful moment for someone dear to you – such as a wedding, or perhaps you will create awe yourself through some unexpected but incredible act of kindness for a friend or a stranger, or cultivating a true sense of awe for a child. The key is to 1) find an experience (or a couple of them!) this year which are likely to promote a sense of awe for you.. and 2) be sure you are ready for it. Clear your mind before you begin, and let the sense of transcendence or profound emotions or the vastness of the natural world leave an impact on you.
As a result, these experiences can dramatically reduce stress and greatly improve moods as you step outside of oneself. As you can read in the link below, “When we are in the presence of something vast and indescribable, we feel insignificant, and so do our worries. The experience of awe lifts us out of the ordinary practical thoughts that dominate our daily lives. And it allows us to have inner peace… Consequently, generating awe can trigger a great mental shift, making it a potentially essential tool to improve our health and well-being.”
Learn more about the many emotional and physical benefits which come from Seeking Awe
One of my favorite tender and passionate music performances which chills me is below – be sure you listen til the end… And send us your favorites!