Saint Augustine on Wonder

“People …. pass by themselves without wondering.”

Mountain Scene“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”  
St. Augustine

Take a moment to consider these facts about yourself:

Think about your breathing—

You  typically breathe 12 to 20 times per minute all day long, then all night long without giving it any thought. At any time you like, you may consciously alter your breathing pattern. Your breathing, minute by minute, day after day, enables your respiratory factory to give your body the energy of life.

Think about your body—

Your body contains upwards of 40 trillion (40,000,000,000,000) individual cells. Of course it is impossible to picture such number, but trying is what matters. To that thought, add this: most of these 40 trillion cells each have the 46 chromosomes containing the DNA which is the entire blueprint for your body.

Think about your brain—

Your brain contains 86 billion neurons. Your brain is more complex than a super-computer, is hard-wired to your whole body, and is the best learning instrument known. Your brain has amazing capacities for creativity, imagination and compassion.  You are indeed a “Spiritual” being, capable of deciding right from wrong and of affecting the lives of countless others.

Let’s take a hint from the observation of Augustine of Hippo: in a world filled with physical wonders, take time to contemplate what is perhaps the greatest wonder of all—you.

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