How Awe Makes Us Generous
I am so intrigued by the role of awe in our lives. It is not something I have generally thought about. I think about eating right. I think about exercising. How often do we think about getting a few minutes of awe each day.
I have been thinking about the benefits of activly seeking daily awe.
I believe it is an essential key for inner happiness.
Consciously seeking awe in nature fills up my soul in a way that exercise never could. Stopping and noticing nature once per day is a conscious act.
“What we’re finding is that brief doses of awe move us from a model of self-interest to really being engaged in the interests of others. The preliminary data are showing that it starts to break down this us-versus-them thinking.” A new study by Adam Hoffman at Berkely, finds that feeling awe in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
For me, awe creates a momentary sense of peace. Within me, for me. It is the act of opening and making space for awe that is miraculous. Researchers suggest that experiencing awe moves us from the “I” identity to the “we” identity.
Awe can change us as people, it can rewire us to feel something beyond ourselves. The only other thing that can shift us into “we consciousness” is being in love. Love opens us up to a flow. We feel more relaxed and content when we are in love. Awe experiences travel along similar pathways as love does in our brain.
The awe practice: Seek out nature in all its forms, even if it is just an aspen tree rocking in the winter breeze. Stare up at it for 3 minutes, feel the awe, feel the inner happiness.