Conversations with an Inchworm

A few months ago ... I turned to find her watching an inchworm slowly make its way along a stick's length.  Enchantment sparked in her eyes -- something I rarely see in adults and, dare I say it, a majority of today's youth.  I prayed she wouldn't lose the ability to fall in love with the world over and over again, to perceive her surroundings beyond the five faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.

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Enchantment meets at the threshold of the five senses and intuition. 

In The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday, Sharon Blackie, a psychologist and mythologist with a specialization in Celtic Studies, describes living in such a manner as " ... to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary" (12).  To snuff out this ancient knowing is a form of death.

The inchworm has something to tell you.  Experience the world with your entire being, awake and open.