Spiritual practices are an avenue to experiences of awe. Awe is our emotional response to things perceived as so vast and overwhelming that the experience of them alters the way we understand the world. Awe is one way to gain perspective, a sense of our own lives in relation to the greater whole. Cultivating awe helps us feel more satisfied with our lives and have a more expansive sense of time. As Unitarian Universalists we celebrate the mystery; experiences of the universe remind us of just how much true magnificence and mystery surrounds our planet. Contemplating the wonders of the universe is a core practice for contemporary Unitarians as it brings together the results of scientific exploration and spiritual reverence.
The final Lectio Universum uses classical music and images from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field to pull us into the infinite universe. Without words, this meditation video by youtuber Jakub Barabas provides a glimpse of the astonishing beauty of the universe, at a scale that is almost incomprehensible. Watch this video in a quiet place in a dimly lit room.