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How do you find your sense of wonder?

So how do you find your sense of wonder if you have somehow lost it? Be present in your body. Don’t worry about the past you can’t change it. You can only change what you are doing right now. You can’t change the future because it hasn’t happened yet and circumstances change. You can only be present in the now.

So how to be present in your body? It’s a lot like meditation to start. Become aware of your body. Feel the air that you breathe in and then let your breath go. Become aware of any ache or pain, acknowledge its presence and then let it go. Do not ignore it just let it go. Your pain is part of you but it is not you. Be aware of everything you body is doing inside that you can feel. And then let it go.

Now comes the fun part. Turn your attention to what is outside of you. You can do this in a building but it is better to do it outside if you can. Feel the air on your skin. Is there a breeze caressing your cheek? Does it tickle your eyelashes or ruffle your hair? Be aware of Air.

Look up. Are there birds? Do they fly in a straight line? Watch them are they doing loops? How do they fly? Or are they lying in wait to let a poop drop on your head? Be aware of the sky. Are there clouds? Do they look like mare’s tails or is a mackerel sky? Are there thunder heads or is the sky clear or hazy. Be aware of the sky.

Be aware of the Earth. Is the ground level beneath your feet? Or is it tilting slightly up or down. Is there a bug crossing the sidewalk or creeping under the bush? Are there squirrels chasing each other and chittering at each other? Did a neighbor plant a new tree or some flowers. What is different from yesterday? Do you even know?

Being full of wonder is noticing things. It’s seeing what is different and what is the same. It’s opening your eyes. It’s how you can visit a wildlife refuge every day and never be the same but your street or backyard can be just the same. Did you hear the mockingbird for the first time in a month at 5 am. What the heck is he doing singing at 5am singing in fall?

Are the squirrels getting fatter in your neighborhood and do you notice new plants coming up because they hid them around the yard or in a planter. We have a new foot high sunflower in a pot that I know I didn’t plant.

Now that you’ve noticed what is there, find the pleasure in it. Just enjoy the colour of a leaf in the sun. The shine and sheen of a raven’s wing, the fullness of a squirrels’ tail. Let it make you joyful because the secret of having wonder is finding the joyfulness that is outside you and bringing it in. In a way, it’s the best way a pagan can pray. It’s the essence of what the phrase, “I see you” means when the Zulu say it in their language as a greeting and the answer is, I am here.

Today’s reading

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Joy

Three of Cups

Celebration within a communal group or family, welcoming the coming of new life or good fortune.

The successful return after migration or travel by a tribe or grouping.

Happy and creative friendships, community, warmth, fun; a bonding on many levels.

Are you enchanted?

The reason I am a pagan is the same reason I got my degree as a Naturalist or quite frankly do anything worth doing is for enchantment. I’ve been reading things about how the modern world is disenchanting. That life has lost its sense of what is enchanting or mystifying. I can only say then they are not paying attention.

If life is not enchanting for you, what is the point in being alive? Enchantment is all around us all the time you just have to look for it. If you are going through your day with your head down and never looking up there is something very wrong. There is a seagull staring at you that you missed or a dragonfly whizzing across the parking lot in front of your eyes that you just missed. There is a ladybug on the 11th floor window looking in at you. Did you miss it?

Look up! Look around! Get your head out of whatever dark place you’ve been hiding in. Listen! Is that a bird? Is it a bug? What do you hear? Even someone singing just to sing for joy of the day is enchanting. Did you touch the fuzzy grass in the planter? It you touch the soft looking leaf? Did you crush that piece of rosemary and smell the sharp scent? Why not? Or did you quickly hurry by and ignore all the green things waving hello at you? Think they aren’t waving at you? Too anthropomorphic for you? That is just a big word to pull you out of enchantment and make you be sensible.

I can’t be that sensible, boring, non-imaginative person. And you may imagine yourself to be logical and scientific but if you are being that way you are no scientist. You are a fraud. No scientific discovery was ever made by a sensible and unimaginative person because it takes imagination and curiosity to make a scientific discovery. It takes some romance, it takes the leap of “what if?” to make a scientific discovery. That is the basis for all experimentation: what happens when I do this? It takes enchantment.

If you believe everything you are told to believe and never test it you will always be disenchanted. Taking things by rote is a cop out. It’s lazy and it makes you disenchanted.

I suppose I believe in pagan goddesses and gods partly because I’ve seen them and interacted with them both awake and in dreams but because I know they have the potential to interact and I expect it. I can’t predict it but I expect it. Their time table is not my time table but it happens and I wait in the expectation that it will happen and so it does and I’m enchanted just like I’m enchanted when one of my characters appears and tells me a new story about their lives when they are away. It has nothing to do with real or unreal because we make our reality just as much as we are responsible for our enchantment.

If life doesn’t enchant you then do something about it. You are missing the whole purpose you were born into that physical body. You are a spiritual being having physical experiences so why aren’t you having them?

How do you find the wonder in your life?

So how do you find your sense of wonder if you have somehow lost it? Be present in your body. Don’t worry about the past you can’t change it. You can only change what you are doing right now. You can’t change the future because it hasn’t happened yet and circumstances change. You can only be present in the now.

So how to be present in your body? It’s a lot like meditation to start. Become aware of your body. Feel the air that you breathe in and then let your breath go. Become aware of any ache or pain, acknowledge its presence and then let it go. Do not ignore it just let it go. Your pain is part of you but it is not you. Be aware of everything you body is doing inside that you can feel. And then let it go.

Now comes the fun part. Turn your attention to what is outside of you. You can do this in a building but it is better to do it outside if you can. Feel the air on your skin. Is there a breeze caressing your cheek? Does it tickle your eyelashes or ruffle your hair? Be aware of Air.

Look up. Are there birds? Do they fly in a straight line? Watch them are they doing loops? How do they fly? Or are they lying in wait to let a poop drop on your head? Be aware of the sky. Are there clouds? Do they look like mare’s tails or is a mackerel sky? Are there thunder heads or is the sky clear or hazy. Be aware of the sky.

Be aware of the Earth. Is the ground level beneath your feet? Or is it tilting slightly up or down. Is there a bug crossing the sidewalk or creeping under the bush? Are there squirrels chasing each other and chittering at each other? Did a neighbor plant a new tree or some flowers. What is different from yesterday? Do you even know?

Being full of wonder is noticing things. It’s seeing what is different and what is the same. It’s opening your eyes. It’s how you can visit a wildlife refuge every day and never be the same but your street or backyard can be just the same. Did you hear the mockingbird for the first time in a month at 5 am. What the heck is he doing singing at 5am singing in fall?

Are the squirrels getting fatter in your neighborhood and do you notice new plants coming up because they hid them around the yard or in a planter. We have a new foot high sunflower in a pot that I know I didn’t plant.

Now that you’ve noticed what is there, find the pleasure in it. Just enjoy the colour of a leaf in the sun. The shine and sheen of a raven’s wing, the fullness of a squirrels’ tail. Let it make you joyful because the secret of having wonder is finding the joyfulness that is outside you and bringing it in. In a way, it’s the best way a pagan can pray. It’s the essence of what the phrase, “I see you” means when the Zulu say it in their language as a greeting and the answer is, I am here.