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Also: Awe

Wonder is a sense of how grand and marvelous life is, both our own small lives and the vast and intricate web of being in which we exist.

When we are caught up in the wonder of it all, we find ourselves humble, grateful and curious. We are open to small beauties that surround us as we go through our ordinary tasks and we are open to the marvel of being part of something much larger than ourselves.

Wonder can be evoked by rituals or spiritual practices, by natural beauty, by scientific inquiry, or, if we are attentive, by day-to-day living. In each of these it is intimately related to a sense of the sacred. We find ourselves wanting to honor, celebrate, preserve or protect that which we have glimpsed. Sometimes we relish a quiet, secret sense of delight; often we want to share the experience with others.