Awe is a spiritual practice. Every day, intend to experience a sense of wonder in what you will encounter. It could be a baby’s laughter in the grocery line ahead of you. It might be noticing a tulip bulb as it begins to appear in the soil after a winter sleep. Perhaps it is observing that you breathe without any conscious effort on your part.
Miracles are everywhere.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught us so much about awe and wonder. He urged us to pay attention and to not take anything for granted.
Noticing keeps us awake and connected to the pulse of life. Rabbi Heschel calls this “radical amazement.”
The intention (kavannah in Hebrew) to seek awe is essential, especially in times that are challenging or when darkness overwhelms. If you look, the simplest things can call to you: the sunset, a hawk soaring in the sky, your cat’s purr or a child learning a new word.
Seeking awe is a spiritual practice.
(In Hineni, this month, we are talking about the power of a morning practice, and setting intentions is part of this practice.)