Minister’s Moment, December 2019
When was the last time you had an experience of awe? Were you looking up at the night sky, gazing at the face of a newborn baby, or listening to your favorite piece of music? Did your heart expand, did your breath quicken or stop, and did the skin on your arms raise with goosebumps?
Awe is an incredible emotion. It is empowering and intense. When it happens, it is hard to describe, for it feels so unique, as if the universe were offering us our own special gift. And on top of all that, it is good for us! It is well documented that awe promotes physical health and wellness and fosters a sense of purpose.
Wow! If awe is all that, who wouldn’t want to experience more of it?
So, this month instead of coming to church let’s all go out and climb a mountain or go to the symphony in search of that amazing feeling of awe!
Just kidding! Awe doesn’t have to be that rare or specialized of an experience and it is certainly not about you. As you probably know, awe makes us feel small and helps bring our sense of self down to size. It moves us from self-interest to community interest, breaks down us vs. them thinking and encourages altruism, curiosity and selflessness. Awe connects us with one another and serves as a counterpoint to the narcissism and greed that plague our society.
And we don’t have to experience it in big, shiny mountaintop moments (although those are wonderful)! We truly can find awe in our daily lives.
To help develop this skill, I wonder if any of you would like to join me in a spiritual practice of taking a daily “Awe Break” this month?
Here is how it works: for just a few minutes a day, stop and let awe soak in.
To help us out, The Soul Matters Team has put together a collection of YouTube videos called Daily Doses of Awe. It includes 31 short, awe-inspiring videos, one for each day in December. Tune in and let’s see what a daily dose of awe does for you, your spirit, and your community!
Happy Holidays everyone!