The Power of Awe for Transforming Agriculture

How might we integrate the experience of awe and wonder into agriculture so that humanity reawakens to the earth as a living being and takes greater care? What if visiting a farm lead to more frequent “jaw-dropping moments of awe” through experiencing a reclaiming of the miracle of food and farming?

Visit the Greater Good project at Berkeley for more details on the upcoming event on the Art and Science of Awe
Visit the Greater Good project at Berkeley for more details on the upcoming event on the Art and Science of Awe

The following is taken from the overview promoting the upcoming event on the Art and Science of Awe:

Only recently has awe received serious scientific attention. Cutting-edge research on this emotion, including an unprecedented three-year project now drawing to a close at UC Berkeley, suggests that it has profound psychological, social, and physical health benefits—perhaps even stronger, in some cases, than those of other positive emotions.

Leading scientific experts on awe have revealed therapeutic and unique health benefits, how the emotion of awe can foster kindness and connection, and its potential to help kids and adults thrive in life. Their talks will be complemented by mind-expanding presentations and performances by artists, educators, and others. The program will explain what makes an experience awe-inspiring, shed light on why we feel awe, and explore how to inspire more awe in daily life—through nature, art, technology, and more.

What they miss mentioning is the culinary arts. Through beautifully prepared food by skilled chefs, we stimulate many of our senses, especially when it is food direct from a local farm that tells a story.

This post reflects what a relationship with Nature might look like:

We credit our reciprocal relationships with land and food as essential to shifting consciousness and to guide us, out of a love for the Earth, to take greater care. Therefore, we believe in bringing farming and the sustenance it provides, from the margins of cultural consciousness, into the centre so that it has a bigger role at the table in talks about climate change, ecosystem health, resource use, hunger, water supply, public health, policy discussions, indigenous teachings, education of our youth, economic reform, carbon sequestration from soil regeneration, traditional cultures and our connection to place.

Be a part of bringing the kind of farming that increases soil health and uses practices that help mitigate climate change, from the margins of cultural consciousness into the centre so that it’s big role is recognized in talks about the serious issues affecting us and all life on earth.

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: Kaytlyn writes not only about applying a spiritual care therapeutic model to farming, but also how collective cultural narratives impact the choices we make that result in a pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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