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Monthly Meta Minute June 2023

In the Hindi language, awe refers to an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration. When I asked students what awe means to them, many associated the word with a dramatic event, yet Dr. Dacher Keltner writes in his book, “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life”, that awe can be triggered with the birth of a child, seeing the Grand Canyon, or experiencing a simple act of kindness. His research has found that “intentional awe experiences, like walks in nature” provide health benefits such as calming our central nervous system resulting in an overall psychological well-being.

“Distraction is an enemy of awe,” says Dr. Keltner, so practicing mindfulness helps us to achieve greater focus, be more open and curious…and “if you work on mindfulness, awe will come.”

As I reviewed over 500 photos of “Wellness” moments this school year, I was in awe of the students from EC1 through 8th grade that worked through strange or uncomfortable breathing practices, challenging yoga postures, or tasting healthy foods that were not aligned with how they choose to eat. And they did so with an open and curious mindset!

I am sending you off this summer with the hope and wish that you enjoy many moments of awe, as well as experiences that fill you with joy, laughter, and good health!

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