As we read Chapter 12 of Onward, we take a dive into the emotion of awe and wonder. We are doing a series of blog posts with ways to cultivate awe and wonder taken for the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Here is yesterday’s activity in case you missed it.
Today, we are offering you The Awe Narrative. Here are the guidelines offered from the GGSC:
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.