The Transcendental Power of Awe

Momentum Resilience Series Ep4

In this episode of our Resilience Series, we explore Awe and how it can boost your energy levels and make you stronger. What is awe? Awe is an emotional experience when individuals encounter powerful stimuli beyond their own understanding.

Awe is an emotional response to perceptually vast stimuli that transcend current frames of reference. “Maybe it’s because the stars are the antithesis of darkness, of abusive stepfathers and imperilled little sisters. Stars are light. Stars are a possibility.

They are the places where science and magic meet, windows to worlds greater than my own. Stars gave me the hope that I might one day find the right answers.” Sara Seager, Astrophysicist -The smallest light in the universe, Memoir.

In research published in Psychological Science in 2012, Melanie Rudd, Kathleen D. Vohs and Jennifer Aaker found that “experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot