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  • Lily Trabold

Wonderment

"A state of awed admiration and respect."


Wonderment is that moment of amazement, when we are frozen in time for a second as we process the beauty we just experienced - whether that's new, unexpected or transformative. Through the cultivation of this awareness, we develop joy surrounding the daily activities, situations, sensations, conversations, experiences we might otherwise just let pass us by as another fleeting moment.







It is that feeling you get when you see the sun peaking up from the horizon or when you discover a hidden gem in your hometown. It's the smell of cinnamon filling a room as you bake your favorite dessert, the sound of a single rain drop, the laugher of a child expressing themselves in their most raw, authentic state.







To me, the most beautiful thing about wonderment is it exists EVERYWHERE. Wonderment is all around us, authentically integrated into every life experience - (as long as we are willing to look for it). The development of this perspective creates intentional pausing, slowing down of our otherwise automatic actions and cultivates a practice of consistent gratitude in what is, just as it is.

 

Interested in cultivating more mindful acts of wonderment in your daily life?

Consider integrating these strategies:


1. Embrace curiosity: Curiosity is a powerful tool for finding wonderment in your daily life. Ask questions, explore new ideas and perspectives, and seek out new experiences. By staying curious, you can discover new sources of inspiration and joy in the world around you.


2. Seek out human connection: Sharing moments of wonder with others can be a powerful way to deepen your sense of connection and community. Whether it's watching a beautiful sunset with a friend or sharing a moment of awe over a work of art, connecting with others can help to amplify the sense of wonder and joy that you experience.


3. Connect with nature. There's something inherently magical about being in nature. Whether it's taking a hike, going for a swim, or simply sitting outside and watching the world wake up, spending time in nature can help you connect with a sense of wonder and awe.


4. Embrace your inner child. Children are naturally curious and full of wonder. Try to tap into that sense of childlike joy and excitement by engaging in playful activities or spending time with kids.


5. Cultivate gratitude. Finally, cultivating a sense of gratitude for the wonders in your daily life can be a powerful way to shift your perspective and focus on the positive. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, whether it's a beautiful view, a kind word from a friend, or simply the ability to breathe and experience the world around you.


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