How to Take An Awe Walk

Go out and find your own moments of awe. Listen to them carefully and see where they guide you. What you may find, in how they stir humility and wonder, is that they can point you toward finding new inspiration and deep meaning.

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We can find awe in many places, in listening to music, thinking about inspiring people, in contemplation and mindfulness. My favorite approach to cultivating awe is the awe walk—a walk within a place of meaning and beauty, where your sole task is to encounter something that amazes and transcends, be it big or small.

I take two kinds of awe walks. The first is to seek out the new, for there one is likely to find awe. And the second is to return to a familiar place, where the past is linked to the present, yet another kind of vastness—how brief experiences are tied together in the sweep of time.

The striking thing, once you start to think about awe and try to practice it in your life, is how omnipresent it is. As you move through your day, take note of the moments that bring you wonder, that give you goosebumps: These are your opportunities for awe.

A Guided Awe Walk Mindfulness Practice

This practice can be experienced indoors, but is meant to be brought outside, to a space that either feels new and inspiring or to a familiar place…