You are not exhilarated with life. You are not surprised - you start taking things for granted. The innocent heart is continuously in wonder like a small child collecting seashells or colored stones on the beach or just running hither and thither in a garden after butterflies and being surprised by everything. That’s why children ask so many questions.
If you go for a morning walk with a child you start feeling exhausted, because the child goes on asking about this and that, asking questions that cannot be answered: “Why are the trees green?” and “Why is the rose red?” But why is the child asking? He is intrigued. He is intrigued in everything. The word interest comes from a root that means to be involved in - inter-esse. The child is involved in everything that is happening.
The more you become knowledgeable, the less and less you remain involved in life. You simply pass by - you are not concerned with the cow and the dog and the rose bush and the sun and the bird; you are not concerned. Your mind has become very narrow; you are just going to your office or back to your home. You are just running after money more and more, that’s all. Or after power, but you are no longer related to life in its multidimensionality. To be in wonder is to relate with everything, and to be constantly receptive.
Photo by Gregg Chadwick.