Did you know that feeling awe may be the secret to health and happiness?
"...new studies show that it's a dramatic feeling with the power to inspire, heal, change our thinking and bring people together." Paula Spencer Scott, Parade
We've all felt it.
That feeling of being struck dumb by something wonderful. We've all experienced, at one time or another, that compelling emotion of being paralyzed by something so beautiful, it tickles our very soul. Now scientists are discovering that this crave worthy emotion is a part of being human that we all need. Not just crave.
5 times I was struck dumb:
1) Watching my hero, my beloved Kahlesi, being rescued by Drogen, her dragon. It may not be real, but it was the most compelling drama I've ever witnessed on the boob tube. T.V. at its finest. Daenerys flies off, for the first time, flaxen hair flying, to safety. Applause. I love Game of Thrones! And the books are even better. George R.R. Martin is a genius.
Drogen and Daenerys
Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica
3) Riding the Transformers ride at Universal studios. The combination of 4-d is thrilling! And insanely real. Insider tip: Take advantage of the single rider line.
4) My fist zipline. A whopper in Fortuna, Costa Rica. We flew 600 feet in the air. Gulp. And one line was a mile across. Yikes. The feeling was indescribable.
Sky Adventures in Fortuna, Costa Rica
5) Visiting the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. We took an ancient (it sure seemed that way) ferry, pushed via gondola stick across a jungle river in Belize. Then we stepped out into the past. Mayan ruins always inspire awe. The past seems to drift just below the surface of the present. Belize is a hot bed of discovered and undiscovered ruins.
Xunantunich, San Ignacio
Bring on the awe in 2017!