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Monday, October 31, 2016

Human Spirit


Awe binds us together. It's a likely reason human beings are wired to feel awe to get us to act in more collaborative ways. Ensuring our survival...Our thinking shifts from me to we.”
Parade Magazine

Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.
Bernard Beckett (Genesis)

The Parade Magazine article about awe goes on to reference the feeling we have when we see a great vista—a beautiful sunset, the milky way, the inside of a grand cathedral. It speaks of the view of our blue planet as seen by astronauts from space; how tiny it looks, how beautiful, and whole, and fragile, just hanging there in space. I felt awe just the other day, when my friend, Anna, sent me a video of a massive herd of wild buffalo racing toward the Native people who are holding their ground against the building of a pipeline through their sacred lands in North Dakota. The buffalo seemed to be in solidarity, even coming to the rescue, and the people responded with joy, calling and singing to them. It gives me chills just thinking about it.

Awe is the province of the human spirit. It causes us to experience being “one-with.” One with the earth, one with the people of the earth, one with all of creation. Those moments of awe are when we connect with the All. They are wonderful, sometimes even life-changing. We realize that life is short, that we are a tiny speck in an instant of time. All notion of ego, of self-interest, of self-aggrandizement evaporate, and we see ourselves as we are—a grain of sand in an infinite universe. Yet, all that is holy is there in that moment.

If you're given to awe, now would be a good time to experience it. We are facing, as we have on many occasions, an uncertain future. Being able to muster curiosity and optimism, and the assurance that whatever comes, we are up to the task, is the confidence we need to run with the wild buffalo.

                                                            In the Spirit,


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