I am currently working on a book called, The Field Guide to Awe and every Sunday morning, I will be sharing a micro-essay, research I’ve encountered, and a simple exercise that has helped me and others discover awe through nature and art. Oh. And there’s likely to be birds because when isn’t there with me? I hope that you’ll stick with me and get a bit of encouragement to find your own moments of awe.

In a time rife with feelings of loneliness, powerlessness, and fear, the pursuit of awe is a balm that can change lives. Experiences of awe move us from a place of self-centered anxiety and isolation to one where we feel deeply connected to a vast and welcoming whole. Nature is a particularly prominent elicitor of awe, but the experience does not require a first trip to the Grand Canyon or to see the northern lights.