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Day 4 #Reverb10 – How do you cultivate wonder?

It seems to me that wonder is a natural state of being.

Wonder comes when I am deeply present.

When I am in the past, my wonder becomes wandering. I get lost in what was. I am not with what is.

When I am in the future, my wonder becomes worrying and hoping. I get lost in what might be. I am not here.

I cultivate wonder by nurturing truth, integrity, beauty and presence.

Wonder is a garden. I weed.  I feed. It’s a labor of love. It’s a practice.

I pull the weeds of:

  • Judgment (as much of me as of others)
  • Fear (move toward anxiety)
  • Ostrich behavior (changing don’t see: doesn’t exist to being with what is)
  • Shadow projections (bring it on home)
  • Blame (bring that one home too)
  • Urgency (there is plenty of time – step into the flow of Divine timing)
  • Dis-ease and dis-harmony (bring awareness to it)

I feed and receive truth, integrity, beauty and presence by:

  • Opening my senses
  • Sowing seeds of happiness
  • Engaging with dogs, cats and wild creatures big and small.
  • Communing with trees
  • Receiving the gifts of flowers
  • Getting up close and personal with the world through the camera’s macro and telescopic lenses
Pin-sized mushroom copyright (c) April 2010, Kathy J Loh

Pin-sized mushroom

  • Cloud gazing
  • Watching the sun rise and set

Sunset 3/6/2010 copyright (c) March 2010 Kathy J Loh

  • Meditation and grounding daily, engaging soul, body mind spirit heart, and Divine Essence
  • Remaining ever curious (Who is that person across from me, really? I look beyond my assumptions and I open to be with who he/she is.)
  • Reading Rumi, Hafiz, David Whyte, Mary Oliver
  • Cultivating magic and miracles
  • Playing with messages from the Mystery
  • Stargazing and contemplating infinity
  • Watching the moon rise and set
Venus and crescent moon copyright (c) April 2010 Kathy J Loh

Venus and the crescent moon

  • Walking a path of Beauty
  • Receiving Grace
  • Living in the question
  • Dawdling
  • Singing the song that asks to be sung in the moment
  • Falling into the silence that follows the song
  • Listening to music, traversing the pathways of melodies and bathing in colorful harmonies

And you, dear reader, how do you cultivate wonder?

Copyright© Dec 2010, Kathy J Loh, All Rights Reserved

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You’ll see a few more posts from me in December than usual. I’m participating in #Reverb10 which is a blog challenge with over 2000 participants. We receive a daily prompt, we write about it and we visit the blogs of a few other participants. I invite you to add your blog to the list and if you don’t have one, feel free to participate by leaving a comment here with your own response to the prompt.

I’m already three days late to the party and I’ve got my dancin’ shoes on!

Day 1  (Dec  1st) –  What is one Word that encapsulates 2010 and the one you’d like to be writing encapsulated 2011 a year from now.

I sat here staring at the page. What word, what word….




Shift (with some joke about taking out the f)?

Oh heck, let’s see what the Mystery tells me it is.

I pull out the dictionary, open randomly and point blindly.


That’s my word! (?)

Hmmmm ….  I read the definitions and the last one hits the nail on the head:

“the disturbing effect of new learning on the performance of previously learned behavior with which it is inconsistent.”

Yep – that’s my word.

I got wise to my old ways and I can’t play the games anymore. The old behaviors feel really stinky and the ones that don’t stink have been rendered impotent.

My word for 2011?

I’m voting for prosperous.

The dictionary tells me:

Supply “to satisfy the needs or wishes of.”

I can go for that. If I satisfy the needs and wishes of my clients, certainly I will prosper.

(Heads up:  I have some big plans to be revealed in future months.)

If I satisfy the needs and wishes of myself, certainly I will feel prosperous , even abundant.

Well, now, that wasn’t so hard was it?

Try it! What does the dictionary predict for you?

Day 2 – (Dec 2nd) What do you do each day that does NOT contribute to your writing and can you eliminate it?

I’m already ahead of the prompt. It was that I play Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook and sometimes got lost in time when I did so. But I got a grip on myself. I quit playing, removed the app from my profile and moved on. That was about 6 weeks ago. I only felt it the first few days; a kind of gnashing of the teeth like wanting sugar, but like a sugar addiction it was a distant memory within three days.

I’m not writing more, but I am getting the files cleaned out. Maybe that will be my answer to this same prompt next year. I’m filing instead of writing….

Nope, certainly the issue is social media. Dare I say we could all afford to stop tweeting, texting, friending and start writing?

Day 3 – (Dec 3rd) Pick one moment when you felt most alive this year and describe it in detail.

Hello! That’s personal……

Truthfully, I feel most alive when I am engaged with wildlife and when I can take photos. Here are some of my most alive moments and I will let the pictures speak for me. All of these were taken in Marin and most of them around Bon Tempe Lake.

Praying Mantis copyright (c) Sep 2010 Kathy J Loh

praying mantis

Bullfrog copyright (c) Sept 2010 Kathy J Loh


Deer face copyright (c) Sept 2010, Kathy J Loh

Red Skimmer copyright (c) Sept 2010 Kathy J Loh

Red Skimmer

Turkey Vulture copyright (c) Sept 2010, Kathy J Loh

Turkey Vulture post bath

Baby Lizard copyright (c) Sept 2010 Richard A Loh

Life begins (photo: Rick Loh)

copyright (c) December 2010, Kathy J Loh, All Rights Reserved

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