Live Life To The Point of Tears

Awe

“ An experience of such perpetual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it”

I saw this video a few months back and it really struck me. What divides those of us who seek to live our life in awe and those who spend our lives in the supposed safety of routine? What keeps us from doing the small things that can pull us out of routine and fill our lives with a bit of interest, enlightenment, maybe even craziness.  It appears that as human beings we are either to lazy, or unconsciously wrapped up in the security of routine that we are unable to realize it. For those of you who are not like me and would buy a ticket on a relative whim and fly to the amazon to look for gold. there are little things that can be done in order to live life a bit more fully… how about putting on your “Sunday Best” and take a walk in the park. or taking a different route on your way home from work, turn off the radio and absorb a bit of your surroundings.. We are not talking major things here.. Life is so short and this world is so vast, and shall I say it ” AWESOME” ..

And I will not suggest that you stop there. The world has so much to experience. Nearly every day in my life there is something that send chills up my spine, or brings a tear to my eye just from interacting with different cultures. People who have nothing according to our limited western views (yet have everything but many of us as westerners are to jaded to see). Will go out of their way to help a stranger in need.  These are the moments in our lives that make the final cut. These are the moments that separate us from routine and bring us to a higher level of understanding into the beauty that is possible in human nature, and forces us to drop our cynicism that so many of us have made such an integral part of our lives.

But what about safety and security, you may ask. What is safety? What is Security? We are traveling on a planet hurling through space at a speed in excess of 18 1/2 miles per second. People live their lives in the security of their jobs, and wait till they come into retirement to maybe go and see a few things. Unless of course they are layed off from their jobs and sit at home in fear of their little bit of saving dwindling away. Are we living a life of trying to make it safely to death? For those of you who are religious you may say, that it does not matter, because your happiness will come in eternity.. Well let me let you in on a little secret ..

….. Eternity is now…..

      Some of us believe that we only have one shot at life on this beautiful planet, and are we going to be so irresponsible to let it slip by and not experience as much as we can? All the while screaming the excuse that I am responsible and have a real job, and do not have the time to go gallivanting around the world, I have responsibilities.. I need to keep the hampsterwheel spinning….

Well I should stop rambling here,, check out this Awesome video, watch it every day till you realize a way to escape your routine and start seeing life in a different way. I have included the transcript below and a brief description… And the next time someone asks “Do you know where your spending eternity..” just remember. ” Yea… I am spending it right now…”

Published on May 22, 2013

Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.

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Here is the transcript,, read several times,, 😉

0:12

I think a lot about the contrast between banality and wonder,

0:18

between disengagement and radiant ecstasy,

0:23

between being unaffected by the here and now

0:26

and being absolutely ravished emotionally by it.

0:31

And I think one of the problems for human beings

0:33

is mental habits.

0:35

Once we create a comfort zone, we rarely

0:37

step outside of that comfort zone.

0:38

But the consequence of that is a phenomenon

0:41

known as hedonic adaptation.

0:43

Over stimulation to the same kind of thing,

0:45

the same stimuli again and again and again,

0:47

renders said stimuli invisible.

0:50

Your brain has already mapped it in its own head,

0:52

and you no longer literally have to be engaged by that.

0:55

We have eyes, yet see not, ears that hear not,

0:59

and hearts that neither feel nor understand.

1:01

There’s a great book called The Wondering Brain that

1:04

says that one of the ways that we elicit wonder

1:06

is by scrambling the self temporarily

1:09

so that the world can seep in.

1:11

Henry Miller says even a blade of grass,

1:13

when given proper attention, becomes

1:15

an infinitely magnificent world in itself.

1:18

Darwin said attention, if sudden and close, graduates

1:22

in surprise, and this into astonishment,

1:24

and this into stupefied amazement.

1:27

That’s what rapture is.

1:29

That’s what illumination is.

1:31

That’s what that sort of infinite comprehending

1:34

awe that human beings love so much.

1:37

And so how do we do that?

1:38

How do we mess with our perceptual apparatus

1:41

in order to have the kind of emotional and aesthetic

1:44

experience from life that we render most meaningful?

1:50

Because we all know those moments are there.

1:52

Those are the moments that would make final cut.

1:54

Only in these moments we experience a fresh,

1:57

the hardly bearable ecstasy of different energy

2:01

exploding on our nerve endings.

2:03

This is the rhapsodic, ecstatic, bursting forth

2:08

of awe that expands our perceptual parameters

2:11

beyond all previous limits.

2:13

And we literally have to reconfigure our mental models

2:16

of the world in order to assimilate

2:19

the beauty of that download.

2:21

That is what it means to be inspired.

2:25

The Greek root of the term means to breathe in, to take it in.

2:32

We fit the universe through our brains,

2:34

and it comes out in the form of nothing less than poetry.

2:38

We have a responsibility to awe.

4 Responses to Live Life To The Point of Tears

  1. The Optimist says:

    This post really struck a chord with me.
    Will keep an eye on your blog! Thanks for posting x

  2. Randy says:

    Loved it ,, “Eternity is now” ,, Absolutely..

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