To experience awe can mean different things. The emotion you feel listening to a piece of music, a new-born baby taking their first breath. A white, soft sandy beach and turquoise ocean, how the rays of sun glisten and dance on the water like shining stars. The wonder of sunrise with its tinges of pink, orange and gold that gradually fill the sky with a radiant warmth and a sense of new beginnings. These are priceless moments that create precious memories, but in daily life, how do you create your awe? For me it’s being in nature, awe walking, yes, it really is a thing. At this time of year there is nothing more awe inspiring that seeing the transition of season.
In this week’s article, let’s delve into the concept of awe and awe walking. How this mindfulness practice brings numerous benefits to your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
What is awe?
I touched on a few examples in the opening paragraph. Awe is the positive emotion you experience. It is characterised as a sense of wonder, admiration, or amazement, in response to witnessing something that is perceived as vast, powerful, or inspiring. I remember my first sight of the Himalayas from a tiny aeroplane as we were coming into land into Kathmandu. I was in complete awe of their rugged grandeur, their majestic peaks and sweeping vistas, so much wonder and beauty in their vastness. How did it make me feel? Connected.
The emotions that come with awe can be one of humility, connectiveness, peaceful, content, upliftment, and a heightened sense of awareness. These moments, like my memory of seeing the Himalayas can ground us in a sense of being part of something bigger than ourselves.
In these very moments when you cultivate or experience a sense of awe, you are fully present. You are being mindful. There are no distractions from mobile devises, or other forms of technology. You are fully there in that moment, isn’t this a wonderful thing? Can you think of anything that can be better for your busy mind, your wellbeing than how you felt in that moment of awe?