“Our sense of enchantment is not triggered only by grand things; the sublime is not hiding in distant landscapes. The awe-inspiring, the numinous, is all around us, all the time. It is transformed by our deliberate attention. It becomes valuable when we value it. It becomes meaningful when we invest it with meaning.”
“Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age” by Katharine May came into my life at the right time for me. I have been feeling scattered, distracted, and overwhelmed, and I needed a reset. Although I know about the healing benefits of wonder and awe, I often have to remind myself to engage in them, because it’s so easy to go off course in today’s world.
The book is structured around the elements of earth, water, fire, and air.
In the section of stories called “Earth”, May begins her journey and states “I want to be enchanted again”. Then she explores different earth environments and how she can do that. For example, about the forest she writes “Bring questions into this space and you will receive a reply, though not an answer. Deep terrain offers up multiplicity, forked paths, symbolic meaning.” In “Water”, she continues her exploration: “Stream water is delicate. It tastes of clarity. When I drink it, I feel like I’m imbibing the deep layers of rock beneath my feet and the clouds above.” May goes through all the elements, including the epilogue of “Aether” where you can find the beginning quote of this post.
I learned a lot in this book that made me want to explore further. In “Fire” I learned about “The Night the Stars Fell” (actually the Leonid meteor showers). In “Air” I discovered “Brocken Spectres”.
“Enchantment” left me feeling refreshed and starting to integrate wonder and awe again in my life. I highly recommend it for those needing a reset.
I am placing this book in the 2023 reads category.
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