Week 1 of Wonder: Searching For Awe

Welcome to Soul Studies -- prompts and questions to explore WONDER in your life, business and creativity.

This is your weekly reminder to carve out time for yourself, anchor yourself to your values and contemplate how you can allow the monthly theme to permeate throughout everything you do.

So… crack open that journal, and commit yourself to the prompts and exercises below! This is how you leverage your Color Your Soul subscription the most -- by absorbing these insights and then actually applying them in your life!


WEEK #1:

Searching For Awe

 

Grand, sublime reverence. (Okay, I can work with that.)

 

For me, I most easily access awe whenever I’m confronted with natural beauty. It may sound cliche, but there’s a reason they call them “The 7 WONDERS of the Natural World.”

Maybe it’s the stark contrast that nature provides with my culture-saturated city life, but when I stand at the foot of a mountain or I walk through a dense forest, it’s like the superficial candy coating surface of reality melts away and I’m reminded of the more satisfying, rich chocolatey core of life. It makes me feel bigger and truer and more connected to the web of living things.

The grand scale that nature often operates on is inspiring to me on the most visceral level.

Jason and I try to travel to places where we can experience the awe of nature at least a few times a year. (In fact, as I send this today, we’re on our way to Joshua Tree National Park to spend a week at a house in the desert for this very reason.)

But I recognize that not everyone has the means (or desire) to take a walkabout in the woods whenever they want to experience awe.

So the question I want you to ruminate on this week is:

Where and how can you access that feeling of awe in your life?

What moves you in a way that makes you feel bigger? What kind of experiences melt away the candy coating for YOU?

For many people I know it’s music. They feel so deeply moved by certain artists or albums, and it allows them to access this invisible connection to the bigger picture. (I once listened to this podcast episode featuring the band Cloud Cult, a band I had never heard of, and the music they played brought me to tears.) I think that is a kind of awe.

It could be art or it could be cinema. It could be something grand, like thousands of lanterns being released into the sky, or something minute, like grains of sand being used to tell a story of love and loss.

To get you thinking about this, write down three experiences that have conjured up that feeling of awe for you in the past:

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Now, write down one action you can take to seek out awe on an ongoing basis. (It could be to take one camping trip a year to sleep under the stars, or see a live dance performance, or visit an art installation in your town.)

Look to your answers above for clues about how you connect to this powerful feeling, and make it a priority to search for moments and experiences that facilitate it.


I believe that awe and wonder can contribute in so many positive ways to the vibrancy of our lives. I believe experiences that are inspiring, expanding and uplifting are typically experiences that lead us to a deeper understanding of our core selves and a widening perspective on the possibilities we see for our lives.

That’s it for this week! Look out for a new installment of Soul Studies next Sunday!