Moments of Awe and Transcendence

Art is washing the dust off of your soul

VIA Strengths Categorized by Core Virtues

Transcendence:

  • appreciation of beauty/awe
  • gratitude
  • hope/optimism
  • humor/playfulness
  • spirituality/religiousness

Peak Experiences
• ”Sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, possibly the awareness of an ‘ultimate truth’ and the unity of all things ... the experience fills the individual with wonder and awe....he feels at one with the world, and is pleased with it” – Maslow.

• “Moments when you feel more at one with yourself and the world, more integrated. You
feel happy, even ecstatic, interconnected. and in harmony. The peak experience induces the
recognition that your own powers are far greater than you imagined them” – Colin Wilson.
Juiced Up
• What makes you feel juiced, free, uninhibited, and alive?
• When do you feel powerful?
• Consider a Peak Experience. Either in awe of another or the world, or of true authenticity of
your best self such that you felt ALIVE.

Keep in mind that times of awe might be times to put the camera down. 

Awe Definition: Awe is a distinct and powerful emotion with two defining features (Keltner and Haidt 2003):

1. Perceptual vastness (in number, size, scope, complexity, ability, or social bearing),
2. The need to alter assumptions about the world, events, people, nature, god.

When do we experience awe?

1. Taking the scenic route
2. Immersing yourself in a crowd
3. Going outside
4. Turning your gaze upward
5. Getting inspired
6. Seeing a phenomenal performance   

The Life Lens

1) Put the camera away

How can we create opportunities for awe?

• Create room for silence
• listening and reflection.
• Create rituals and meaningful symbols.
• Get connected with a crowd.

Awe: A distinct and powerful emotion with two defining features which “stops time”:

  • Perceptual vastness (in number, size, scope, complexity, ability, or social bearing)
  • The need to alter assumptions about the world, events, people, nature, god.

My stories ...

Shooting stars
swimming with whale sharks
Baby sea turtles
singing in the grocery store
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Paragliding
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