awe

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i think a lot

about the contrast between banality and wonder 
between disengagement and radiant ecstasy
about being unaffected by the here and now
being absolutely ravished emotionally by it
and i think one of the problems for human beings is mental habits
once we create a comfort zone we rarely step outside of that comfort zone
but the consequence of that is a phenomenon known as edonic (?) adaptation
over stimulation to the same kind of thing the same stimuli again and again and again
renders said stimuli invisible
your brain has already mapped it in its own head
and you no longer literally have to be engaged by that
we have eyes yet see not
ears that hear not
and hearts that neither feel nor understand
there’s a great book called the wondering brain
it says that one of the ways that we elicit wonder is by scrambling the self temporarily
so that the world can seep in
hew (?) miller says – in a blade of grass when given proper attention becomes an infinitely magnificent world in itself
darwin said attention if sudden and close graduates in surprise and gives (>) into astonishment
gives into a stupified amazement
that’s what rapture is
that’s what illumination is
that’s what that sort of infinite comprehending awe that human beings love so much
and so how do we do that
how do we mess with our perceptual apparatus in order to have the kind of emotional and esthetic experience from life that we render most meaningful
cause we all know those moments are there
those are the moments that would make final cut
only in these moments we experience afresh the hardly bearable ecstasy of direct energy exploding on our nerve endings
this is the rhapsodic ecstatic bursting forth of awe
that extends our perceptual parameters beyond all previous limits
and we literally have to reconfigure our mental models of the world in order to assimilate
the beauty of that download
that is what it means to be inspired
the greek root of the term means to
breathe in
ahh

to take it in

we fit the universe through our brain and it comes out in a form of nothing less than poetry
we have a responsibility
to

awe

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Jason Silva
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He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  
 – Albert Einstein
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from Douglas Rushkoff‘s team human:

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the things people do become normal when they can’t be shamed into silence about doing them.

once we dispense w shame, we are liberated to experience the full, sacred, unlikely wackiness of being human..

the state of awe may be the pinnacle of human experience. if humans’ unique job in nature is to be conscious, what more human thing can we do than blow our observing minds?.. view from mountaintop, witnessing birth of child, starry night, or standing w thousands in march/celebration, all dissolve the sense of self as separate and distinct..

awe

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new experiments have revealed that after just a few moments of awe, people behave w increases altruism, cooperation and self sacrifice.. the evidence suggests that awe makes people feel like part of something larger than themselves.. makes them more attuned to needs of those around them..

unfortunately..opps to experience awe in modern society are becoming more scarce.. and/or *exploited..

*shiny ness

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true awe comes w no agenda .. it’s not directed toward some end/plan/person; there’s not time limit or foe to vanquish. there is no ‘other’.. true awe is timeless, limitless, and w/o division. it suggests there is a unifying whole to which we all belong – if only we could hold onto that awareness..

thurman interconnectedness lawwhen you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman (@BobThurman)

no agenda

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