The work of Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, has shown time and time again that experiencing awe—watching a beautiful sunset, listening to moving music, witnessing a master at their craft—leads to self-transcendence and feelings of spiritual connection.
– Brad Stulberg
Well, there you have it: the science is settled or, at least, replicated. Experiencing awe leads to self-transcendence and feelings of spiritual connection.
What does that have to do with this blog? Well, for goodness sake. Go back and look at the list of things that prompt awe: watching a beautiful sunset, listening to moving music, witnessing a master at their craft (cough, cough).
OK, maybe not. OK OK, certainly not. But maybe watching anyone exercise their craft counts, too?
I sometimes wish I could take photos that tell stories, although I have not yet put any real effort into learning how to do so. For now, I am happy to take photos that look again, especially at the natural world. To look again and to look closer. This week, it was a suddenly-in-full-bloom clematis prompting that impulse, and definitely making me transcend/forget myself while so engaged. Your results may vary.
Here’s the first look.
And the closer look? This.