February 8

Today's quotation:

We are here to feel, wonder and gaze in awe at the world.  Instead of just teaching our children how to use things and do things, I suggest we nourish their sense of wonder.

Bernie Siegel

Today's Meditation:

Do you wonder at the world?  Can you look at the eyes of a child, the leaves on the trees, the rain falling from the sky, and feel a sense of amazement that something so wonderful can actually be here on this planet with us?  Can you look at or listen to beauty and feel a sense of appreciation for having the privilege to see or hear what you're experiencing?  Do you walk by that tree, that flower, that skyscraper, that river, without stopping to consider just how miraculous it really is?

Sometimes our lives overwhelm us and keep us from even noticing some of the more wonderful things that surround us.  Our judgmental natures keep us from seeing just how wonderful many of the people with whom we relate truly are.  Our fears or our frustration keep us focused on things that aren't wonderful while the amazing things go unnoticed and unappreciated.  If this is the case, then we need to do the work necessary to make sure that we're not so jaded and tired that we don't take advantage of the fantastic things of the world, that we don't stop and wonder at things that are wonderful.

Many people just can't see the benefit in wondering at the world.  What it does is simple:  it deepens our respect of and appreciation for this amazing world in which we live.  And when we see the world as an amazing place, we can also appreciate just how amazing we are, too--our thought processes, the ways that our bodies function, the feelings we have and share.

With a keen sense of wonder, we'll never be bored, not with ourselves and not with our place in life.  When we can wonder at the world, our lives will be filled with positive emotions that can lift us up above what others see as lame and boring, and the feelings that we nurture will enrich us beyond any expectations that we ever could have when we are unable to wonder.

Questions to consider:

What are some things within your sight right now that are deserving of your wonder?

Why do we start to see the world as mundane, and lose the sense of wonder that we had as children?

How might we get back into the habit of wondering, or reclaim the ability to do so?

For further thought:

When we are aware that each moment of each day, each gesture and step we take, is truly mystical and full of wonder, we will live our lives with greater thought and care.  We will also have greater respect and appreciation for the lives of others.

Daisaku Ikeda

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