Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
- Gautama Buddha

There is a consensus among scientists and contemporary metaphysicians that in order for us to evolve to the highest level of our human potential, we have to upgrade our frequency. Simply put, fear-based states of being have a low energy frequency; love-based states of being have a high-energy frequency. Therefore, the key to upgrading our frequency is directly related to living with a loving, open heart.

We know that practicing gratitude, love, compassion, forgiveness, generosity and kindness are all heart openers. We also have learned that in addition to greater well-being, an open heart connects us to the wisdom and higher intelligence of our soul and the greater cosmos.

Awe and wonder are two more heart-opening experiences we can add to the repertoire for upgrading our frequency.

Endless natural beauty

We are living in the ever-abundant beauty found in nature, which overflows with opportunities to evoke wonder and open our hearts. Interacting with nature is a built-in stress reducer designed to recalibrate us to our heart so we can reconnect to a higher vibrational frequency and live a higher destiny.

Therefore, anytime we choose to look carefully at a single flower or notice the perfect geometry of snowflakes, or breathe in the scent of a rose, or listen to the sound of a songbird, or touch the softest skin of a baby, or savor a sun-ripened berry, or look up at the myriads of stars on a clear night, wonderment is right there waiting for us to open our hearts to it.

Nature's incredible intelligence

Recent scientific research corroborates indigenous intuitive awareness that every cell, every plant, bird, insect, animal, blade of grass has intelligence, processes sensations and feelings, and is in constant communication with all other forms of life. Discoveries of profound intelligence in nature are another source of awe and ego-busting humility. Here are three recent scientific findings to inspire and expand your wonderment quota.

1. Plants perceive light, color, smell, and touch. They can learn, remember, and communicate, which are all traits we associate with human beings. Scientists have discovered that plants can see you when you are standing next to them, and discern the color of your clothing. They don't have eyes, but they have the same photoreceptor proteins all over their bodies, which we have at the back of the retina. Plants don't have brains, but they translate electrical signals in their cells, the same way humans do with our neurons. Plants warn each other if danger is present, and collaborate to help each other to thrive.

2. Bees are invertebrates that have a brain the size of a grain of sugar. Yet they can see in the ultra-violet light spectrum, which we cannot. Iridescent colors in the ultra-violet spectrum inform bees which plants and which parts of plants have the most sugar. Bees can also understand abstract concepts like sameness and difference. They tell each other where to find the best nectar; they each fulfill the specific function for which they are designed in the colony. The collective effort makes for thriving bee colonies.

3. Octopus are remarkably smart; they have neurons in their brain, but the most neurons are in their eight arms, giving them something akin to a mind in each arm. Cut off an arm and it can grow back as good as new. Octopus can taste with all of its skin, and they can see color through their skin. They can cause color to sweep across their body creating the illusion of movement. With no bones, they can take any shape and pour themselves like water through any opening. They can even untie knots. Octopuses recognize individual people, even if they are dressed alike, just by looking up at them through the water.

Feel the wow

Hopefully some of the information above evokes that feeling of "wow" in you. Try savoring the uplift of wonderment by allowing the feeling to circulate through your body. And then consider the following long-held wisdom teaching: Live each day as if today is the first day - as a way to take in the beauty with fresh eyes, to marvel at the intelligence all around us, and to feel the infinite support which every life on Earth embodies and provides.

It turns out that the old saying, "Take the time to smell the roses," is true in several ways. This is about the importance of making time to just be; and it is also a fact that the aroma and beauty of a single rose opens the heart. PJH