Do you know what it feels like to be alive? To be in awe?
In amazement with existence.
Once described as “[f]eeling suddenly elevated to the limits of indescribable delight, yet teetering on the edge of fear, we experience our rarest, most powerful, and least understood emotion: awe. It’s an overwhelming and life-altering blend of fright and fascination that leaves us in a state of puzzled apprehension and appreciative perplexed wonder. If we go beyond a kind of ignorant distant voyeurism through which we gawk at life rather than fully engage with it and put in the effort to try to understand a little more about life’s meaning, awe becomes less a feeling of being high and more a feeling of deep immersion in any and all of life’s processes, including health, illness, love, and even death. It may not cause us to come to believe in something, but it can cause us to believe that there is something more beyond the grasp of our limited human consciousness.”
— Awe: The Delights and Dangers of Our Eleventh Emotion
It is as if each of your cells is filled with air, it is feeling this expanse, it is knowing a greater sense of interconnection.
How do you live?