Awareness of Wonder
an excerpt from Live Beautifully: A Book to Sit With, by Doris Wedige
Reflections on being rendered speechless...
Some moments in my life have been too big for words. Occasionally I have been blessed by moments that have rendered me speechless and sometimes have even taken my breath away.
The beauty of a sunset, a window intricately covered with frost, the sight of my child in a peaceful slumber…
Mere thoughts and words cannot begin to touch the experience of these moments. These moments are experienced as pure Joy.
Beauty. Love. Joy. None of these come to me through thought. I experience them with my being. I yearn to turn off the obsessive voice in my head so that I might be more inclined to experience rapturous moments of Joy.
But turning off the voice in my head isn’t a task to be done. It is just something that happens when Awareness arises. The best path I know to Awareness is to be conscious of my Breath. I have little acorns scattered about my home. I carry them in my pocket, my purse, in my car… They are little reminders to turn my Awareness to my breath for a moment. They are little reminders to turn my focus toward that which turns acorns into oaks.
I am grateful to be aware of that which turns acorns into oaks.