When was the last time you experienced complete awe? When was the last time you experienced that magical feeling of childlike wonder?
Most of us lose our sense of awe by adulthood and coast through daily life on monotonous auto-pilot. We slowly fade from being awe-inspired to being awe-tomatons.
Far too often, we go through life driven by routine and absorbed in incessant thoughts. This causes us to miss out on the effervescent magic of each experienced moment. Ask yourself this question: Am I mindful, or mind-full?
The magic comes back to us periodically though, when we do something completely new that tears down the walls of our comfort zones. It’s in these moments, where we surrender to the enigma of existence, that we feel vibrantly alive.
Word on the street is that Leonardo Da Vinci had a practice to spark this feeling of awe-inspired novelty. He would constantly search for something new in every familiar object. Da Vinci understood that viewing everything with such intense curiosity would be beneficial in many ways.
Take a moment to appreciate what it would feel like to experience everything with completely fresh eyes, like an alien who just beamed themselves to planet Earth.
“At every moment, you stand on alien ground,
presented ceaselessly the opportunity to become new with it.”
– Teal Swan
The Alien Meditation:
- Step 1 – Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Step 2 – Imagine that you’re an alien who just teleported to where you are.
- Step 3 – See, perceive and experience the world around you as if for the first time.
- Step 4 – Find something new about whatever you’re observing.
- Step 5 – Bask in the awe, wonder and magic of it all.
Cherish the mystical miracle of life all around you. It’s always there, within the beauty of the present moment.
– Stevie P!
For more about meditation, read my Introduction to Meditation.