The Dawn of Wonder
“It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do and shutter to face the taint within our selves that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart.”
-Denise Levertov (1923-1997)
Merriam-Webster defines awe as “an emotion variously containing dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.” This one small word captures the range of our human emotional existence and wraps it with a nod to something bigger than we are.
Poet Denise Levertov served as a civilian nurse in London during the Blitz, so it’s certain she saw an array of the atrocities that humans can inflict on each other, much as we did 18 years ago this week on that sunny September morning of 9/11. As we contemplate the lines she wrote, noted above, we may question what awe could possibly enter our heart after witnessing “the worst our kind can do”.
But when we witness events that cause strong emotions, and we turn toward those emotions as we experience them, giving each of them their due, allowing them their space, maybe awe sets in at our human ability to experience a wide range of emotions, often in quick succession, some with incredible magnitude and others more subtle. Maybe there is a sense of “This is here, flowing through me, and I am here with it. “ When we learn to trust that we have the capacity to let these emotions flow through us, to handle the surge and the ebb, the roar and the quiet, we begin to understand our resilience….. and wonder dawns.
Setting aside expectations for any sense of awe, we will simply turn toward our emotions this week, letting them flow through us, acknowledging their tone and presence, and our presence with them.
We hope that you will join us.
May wonder dawn on us all,
Your friends at CMP
This Week's Session Schedule
We hope you can join us at one of our community sits this week. All sessions are free and open to the public, suitable for new meditators and people with an established practice. There is no need to bring or wear anything special, and all sessions offered in libraries are done in chairs unless you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or meditation cushion.
** Please note that this month our Fairfield sessions return to the First Church Congregational.
Monday 6:30 PM - Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield
Monday 7:00 PM - First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield
Monday 7:30 PM - Sama Yoga, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM - Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford
Wednesday 12:00 PM - New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Thursday 12:00 PM - Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan
Saturday October 5th 9AM - 4PM: Fall Silent Retreat at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk. Please see www.CommunityMindfulnessProject.org for information and to register.