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Spiritual leaders answer on wonder

Editors note: Every Friday a question is printed at the end of this column inviting a response. If you are a religious leader on Kaua‘i please send in your thoughts or suggestions for future topics. Next week’s topic is on accountability. The topic at the end of the column is for the following week.

Rev. Rita MeKila Herring

Universal Brotherhood Movement

To awaken in the morning with a sense of wonder … is there anything like it? We see it in the eyes of children. We see it in their approach of newness to everything. Do you remember what that was like?

When we approach things with wonder, we allow them to be whatever they truly are. We don’t have concrete opinions formed in our minds of what they are.

With wonder we are open to seeing how God is expressing in every moment through every thing. Wonder keeps us in a constant state of learning and expanding our awareness.

When was the last time you experienced wonder? Usually it comes more naturally with things that are indeed new to us but that isn’t mandatory.

We can experience wonder in things we are familiar with simply by shifting our perspective. Instead of thinking you know all about that familiar person, place or thing, slow down and look at the expression of creation that it is.

Pretend you’re seeing it for the first time and ask, “What is the essence of this expression?” Then be open to the feelings and curiosities that arise.

Next week’s question:

• Will you speak to us on integrity?

• Spiritual leaders are invited to e-mail responses of three to five paragraphs to pwoolway@kauaipubco.com

• Deadline each week is Tuesday, by 5 p.m.

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