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This past weekend I was having dinner with some friends and we started talking about astronomy. I have always been interested in this topic as it always amazes me when I look up to the sky on a clear evening and see billions of sparkling stars shining down above my head along with beams of white light streaming down from the moon and lighting up the silhouettes of trees and neighbouring houses in my neighbourhood. What is it that makes up our cosmos? Where do science and spirituality intersect? How is it that we can be in space and actually loose years of our life while it is simply the equivalent to a day experienced on Earth? How is it that we are conscious and experiencing all of these natural miracles unfolding around us? Since having dinner with my friends and talking about the multitude of possibilities that make up our reality, my mind has been filled with amazement. I was reminded of a quote by Rumi that states “sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment”.
Isn’t it amazing that even with the amount of information we have acquired through science and exploration there is still a whole galaxy of possibility that may never be fully explained or named by the human mind? Just consider for a moment how many things have to be in perfect alignment in order for you to simply be here right now in this moment experiencing this time and place. Your heart must consistently thump in your chest. An invisible source that we call air must continually fuel your lungs one breath at a time to stay alive and all the while your hair and finger nails are growing without really even noticing their expansion. It is an absolute miracle and wonder that we are alive and able to be here on this planet. As I continue to notice all the tiny miracles around me, I can’t help but surrender to a state of what Rumi has named Bewilderment. I would like to encourage you to move through the rest of your day just noticing all the incredible miracles that bless your life each and every moment and shift yourself into a state of deep awe and appreciation for the wonder of it all. Not only will this bring you more joy but it will also allow you to sell your grasping for knowledge and open you up to a place of what true scientists are; curious and bewildered by it all. Perhaps the intersection of science and spirit is when both find themselves in a state of wonder, curiosity, awe and appreciation about it all.


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