3/14/07 Enjoy, find the awe in everyday.
Today’s journal page, was a collage of words. I was trying to define what awe meant to me this time of year a few days from the beginning of spring. After I finished this page I than went to the dictionary and here is the dictionary meaning….
A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might: We felt awe when contemplating the works of Bach.
The phrase that resonated with me was great beauty. I have been carrying around John O’Donohue’s book Beauty the Invisible Embrace. I love this phrase he wrote in the beginning of the book. Even amidst chaos and disorder, something in the human mind continues still to seek beauty. From our very first moments in the world we seem to be on a quest for beauty.
I was trying to configure my own personal definition of awe inspired by great beauty when I stumbled upon this poem….
I did not have to ask my heart what it wanted
because of all the desires I have ever known,
just one did I cling to
for it was the essence of all desire:
to know beauty.
– St. John of the Cross