I was perusing the courses offered by the School of Life in London, England, when I came across a promotion for "Reclaiming Wonder." The teacher was listed as Francesco Dimitri, a novelist and fantasy writer. In the first paragraph, wonder is saluted as the source of philosophy, all creativity, and all masterworks.
Are we losing our sense of wonder? Yes, the fret and sweat of daily business makes it quite difficult to find our way back to the curiosity we had as wide-eyed children always looking around for the next surprise.
I wish I could attend this class and tell them about my experiences with wonder over the years. D. H. Lawrence calls it our sixth sense, "a natural religious sense. "
This virtue was held in high esteem by Rumi, the Sufi seer who wrote:
"Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don't claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent." The mere fact of seeing this announcement on the Internet has revived my inner artist. It describes a workshop that "will help you to reclaim your personal brand of wonder." I can't get to London, but I can join these adventurers in spirit as they meet to learn ways to reclaim wonder. Right now, I'm heading out to the streets of Manhattan to explore the urban kingdom of surprises!