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The power of awe

Lisa Pyron | Oct 11, 2019

The power of awe  Researchers describe awe as "that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world." People commonly experience awe in nature. According to researchers, experiencing awe diminishes the emphasis on the individual self, highlights our sense of connection to all beings, and encourages people to improve the welfare of others.

We can experience awe in several ways. Here’s an easy one: Take a walk in nature and become immersed in your surroundings. Use all the senses to notice your body in the space. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you smell? What do you taste? Doing this encourages healing and nurtures positive well-being. The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.”  

If taking a walk to be one with nature isn’t an option, you can find awe through technology while sitting at home or at the office. Here’s how.  

  • Connect with nature with the help of Explore.org’s nature cams by viewing wildlife in national parks, reserves, farm sanctuaries and animal rescues up close and personal. Watch in real time. See gorillas in Africa, brown bears in Alaska, pandas in China, or bison in Canada. Visit explore.org/livecams or download the Explore2Go app.
  • Truly connect with the universe. Experience earth in real time from the vastness of space. Download the International Space Station app at SpotTheStation.NASA.Gov.
  • Take a virtual walk in the rain forest or enjoy a birds eye view of the country side with the help of YouTube and the 4K Relaxation Channel. Select your favorite nature location and take in the sights with sounds of relaxing music or meditation playing in the background. Experience this through YouTube or download the app. 

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