Thought for today

Practising wonder is all about combating the emotional bluntness caused by our society of excess. As children we have a natural curiosity about the world. As adults we have to actively support this curiosity so that it doesn't fade away among our other plans and projects. So often we walk around lost in our own thoughts without noticing what is around us. Wonder is about perceiving reality as it is, because beauty exists everywhere.

Touch leaves, flowers and other natural things. Pick them up, examine them. Be open to beauty in unexpected places: patterns in the pavement, an old person's face, a fly cleaning its wings. Go with a child on a journey of exploration. Allow yourself to be filled with joy at the things you discover together. Don't be afraid of being childlike.

Annika Spalde, from A Heart on Fire

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