Welcoming Awe to Create Spaciousness

Did you know that experiencing “awe” has the availability to make your mind perceive that it has more time available to get tasks done? It also increases your patience with the world around you. “Awe” also makes it more likely you will want to help someone else, prefer life experiences over material goods, and increases your likelihood of having greater life satisfaction.


“Awe” is pretty awesome, yes?!


Try this exercise from the Greater Good Science Center to increase your “Awe” quotient today:


Think back to a time when you felt a sense of awe regarding something you witnessed or experienced. Awe has been defined as a response to things that are perceived as vast and overwhelming and that alter the way you understand the world. This sense of vastness can be physical (e.g., a panoramic view from a mountaintop) or psychological (e.g., a brilliant idea). People may experience awe when they are in the presence of a beautiful natural landscape or work of art, when they watch a moving speech or performance, when they witness an act of great altruism, or when they have a spiritual or religious experience.


Try to think of the most recent experience you’ve had that involved the feeling of awe. Once you identify something, describe it in writing with as much detail as possible.