Standing in the morning light, this flower spike rises from a variegated aloe arborescens. Humanity is capable of creating amazing art. But nature, while inspiring us, humbles us, leaves us in awe, and fills us with joy.
Hassan Ali in awe of wife’s pregnancy transformation
کرکٹر حسن علی اور اہلیہ سمیعہ خان نے حال ہی میں انکشاف کیا ہے کہ وہ اپنے پہلے بچے کی توقع کر رہے ہیں۔
خان ، جو ایک ایروناٹیکل انجینئر بھی ہیں ، نے اپنے بچے کے ٹکرانے کے ساتھ تصاویر شیئر کیں ، اور لکھا ، “چاہے میرا دن کتنا ہی خراب ہو ، ہر چیز کو ٹھیک محسوس کرنے میں تھوڑا سا کٹ لگنا پڑتا ہے۔ الحمد اللہ۔”
اب ، علی محبت کے ساتھ اپنے بہتر نصف شاور کے لئے انسٹاگرام لے گئے ہیں۔ “ہماری زندگی میں ایک…
What if they do?? xD
#DailyGratitude AWE AND WONDER. “How are you going to spend your life?” - Jerry (Soul)
Let’s take a moment to pause and witness life happening around us. Watch the leaves fall, the rivers run, the clouds move. By noticing fully, we become one with our surroundings, and our surroundings become one with us.🙏🏽
#tbt to the beautiful Halloween celebration spent amidst the foliage in upstate NY care if my dear friends @love.radha @eliclarkdavis 🎃 Truly memorable times with truly beautiful humans.💜 (📸: @dianahawk )
How are YOU spending your day today?
#throwback #thursday #awe #wonder #wander #life #leaves #watch #fall #iamhere #beawitness #welcometothenow #gratitudegang #ubebae #artofzest #warrioroflife (at Rhinebeck, New York)
Bring Back Our Wonder
I feel that we are a world that has lost its wonder. We have become a society that has a “need to know” and being a generation with the internet at hand, within a minute, our thoughts get confirmed or rerouted to whatever we’ve “clicked” on
I love to wonder…to think…to ponder…to reflect…to dream…and so on. It allows me to speak to God, and allow Him to expand my thoughts and concepts within His…
That’s the only reason I came on this voyage.
AT WORLD’S END (2007) dir. Gore Verbinski
“But that shadow has been serving you!
What hurts you, blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.
You must have shadow and light source both.
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.”
Each time you happen to me all over again.
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
In the thirteenth century, a respected notary, Jacopone da Todi, took up the life-style of a fool after the death of his beloved wife. One day, during a celebration in the city of Todi, he was grasped by such a religious fervor that he stripped off his clothes and crawled about on all fours, with a saddle strapped to his back and a bit set in his mouth. The crowd was deeply shocked at seeing a noted, “upright” citizen make such a demeaning spectacle of himself. In one of his poems, Jacopone gave vent to his desire to limb naked onto the cross and to die joyously in his savior’s embrace. Yet in another pom (Lauda LXXV), he confessed:
I flee the cross that devours me;
I cannot bear its heat.
I cannot bear so great a heat
that the cross emanates; I flee from love.
I find no hiding place, for I carry it in my heart,
and the memory of it consumes me.
- Georg Feuerstein (Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus, page 11)
There is an AWE (AWE-50) happening at [REDACTED], Michigan and it’s very poweful and dangerous. It’s dark and cold out there - or is it? This is Jesse’s first Event after Ordinary and she is going to have to investigate it alongside Emily and Arish while coming to terms with the fact that she is now part of the organisation that destroyed her life. Both Jesse and Emily are trying to figure out their feelings for each other, out there in the dark.
The final chapter of AWE is up on ao3!
I want when Meg and Kurt finally hook up that it’s a sudden explosion of tension cuz now they’ve kissed and are very happy together but she hasn’t pushed him not wanting to make him uncomfortable and him vice versa to her.
But now mutually all that tension and attraction has boiled over probably in an attic somewhere. It’s fast and sudden in the moment but he’s such a flustered mess and won’t stop talking because he’s so inexperienced and doesn’t want to disappoint her or do something wrong. She keeps trying to soothe him and kiss him wanting him to know she doesn’t care about any of that.
He’s happy to kiss her back but even between kisses he won’t stop spouting worries and stammering awkwardly just becaude he’s so flustered and he thinks she’ll change her mind. She has to grab his face and make him look her in the eye saying,
“Kurt. Stop talking. Just kiss me.”
and he just kinda fast nods realizing he’s rambling and like oh my god wait this is actually happening kiss her stupif “Yeah-yeah sorry-” then they tackle each other
Several studies have looked at how viewing awe-inspiring nature imagery in photos and videos impacts emotions and behavior. For example, in one study participants either viewed a few minutes of the inspiring documentary Planet Earth, a neutral video from a news program, or funny footage from Walk on the Wild Side. Watching a few minutes of Planet Earth led people to feel 46 percent more awe and 31 percent more gratitude than those in the other groups. This study and others like it tell us that even brief nature videos are a powerful way to feel awe, wonder, gratitude, and reverence—all positive emotions known to lead to increased well-being and physical health.
Viewing nature in images and videos seems to shift our sense of self, diminishing the boundaries between self and others, which has implications for social interactions. In one study, participants who spent a minute looking up into a beautiful stand of eucalyptus trees reported feeling less entitled and self-important. Even simply viewing Planet Earth for five minutes led participants to report a greater sense that their concerns were insignificant and that they themselves were part of something larger compared with groups who had watched neutral or funny clips.
Why is nature so healing? One possibility is that having access to nature—either by living near it or viewing it—reduces stress. In a study by Catharine Ward Thompson and her colleagues, the people who lived near larger areas of green space reported less stress and showed greater declines in cortisol levels over the course of the day.
In another study, participants who viewed a one-minute video of awesome nature rather than a video that made them feel happy reported feeling as though they had enough time “to get things done” and did not feel that “their lives were slipping away.” And studies have found that people who report feeling a good deal of awe and wonder and an awareness of the natural beauty around them actually show lower levels of a biomarker (IL-6) that could lead to a decreased likelihood of cardiovascular disease, depression, and autoimmune disease.
Though the research is less well-documented in this area than in some others, the results to date are promising. One early study by Roger Ulrich found that patients recovered faster from cardiovascular surgery when they had a view of nature out of a window, for example.
A more recent review of studies looking at different kinds of nature immersion—natural landscapes during a walk, views from a window, pictures and videos, and flora and fauna around residential or work environments—showed that nature experiences led to reduced stress, easier recovery from illness, better physical well-being in elderly people, and behavioral changes that improve mood and general well-being.
Viewing natural beauty (in the form of landscape paintings and video, at least) activates specific reward circuits in the brain associated with dopamine release that give us a sense of purpose, joy, and energy to pursue our goals.
Jack Sparrow + being adorable
Still thinking of running, Jack?