Sometimes a word starts popping up in life. You see it once or twice and then it seems like you notice it again and again. The word that keeps popping up in my email, my blog readings and thinking is “Dance!” In the forward to Where Wonder Lives the author writes “on this journey you will not walk, or ride or fly- you will dance.” It is truly an invitation to dance with wonder.
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
Fondevila’s book invites us to pay attention to a journey through exercises, practices, and metaphors of 9 different environments. She invites us to dance with wonder in each place and and openly encourages us to start our journey wherever we want in the book. She invites readers into an adventure of the jungle, the garden, the river, the mountaintop, the swamp, the village, the fire, the lighthouse and the ocean.
She offers recipes for dandelion wine to sourdough starter to waken our senses. Her overview of the types of clouds invites us to look up and out with wonder and awe. Perhaps even dance under those clouds. Her writing prompts us to travel to our inner life with curiosity, courage and humility.
Fondevila’s research on Joseph Campbell allows her to weave the wonder of myths, archetypes and personal story telling to ground our journeys. Over and over she offers up a simple exercise at just the right moment to help us name the emotions of our dance. Her comparisons of wonder, awe, joy, hope, kindness, humility, gratitude, reverence, inspiration and courage give us new language and nuance for our journey into wonder.
I read this book in tidbits as she encourages us to go slow and savor the journey. She advises us to take this journey with a friend. One section in particular caught my eye about this journey into wonder.
In the Garden section she introduces us to the Danish term hygge. A word not easy to translate into English. However, at the essence she writes “the Danish people insist that hygge- the ability to enjoy the little things in life is what infuses meaning into their days and supports their well being.” Louisa Thomsen Brits writes that hygge is “a way of acknowledging the sacred in the secular, of giving something ordinary a special context, spirit and warmth and taking time to make it extraordinary”.
And so… I went to the beach at dawn with my rake in hand, watched the sea, looked at the sand, the rocks the bullwhip kelp and algae and danced, I let creativity flow. I danced with my rake and I danced with wonder. I danced with hygge. It was not jazz, ballet, modern or hip hop. Yet in that moment of awe, I realized what it meant to dance with wonder.
Where have you danced with wonder lately? Please share where you’ve found yourself turning to wonder and awe this summer.