Sometimes something comes along that opens your mind and challenges your thinking. I am reading a book that has done just that for me. It is on Fungi*. As the daughter of a mushroom farmer, I knew that amazing things had been discovered about, and even more amazing things were being done with fungi, but nowhere near what is actually happening. Types of fungi are being used to mop up oil spills in Dutch harbours, to clean up radioactive waste in the damaged Chernobyl reactors, to turn industrial waste into building materials, packaging, and even a form of leather that can be used in shoes. I had been taught that plants captured carbon. It seems it is not so. It is soil fungi that capture carbon and pass it onto plant roots. What a shift this might make in serious discussion on Climate Change.
As you can see, I am in a state of wonder. And what a wonderful thing that is. Wonder opens our minds and hearts not only to God but also to each other and to our world. Wonder is a positive energy in making us grow as human beings. Wonder teaches us to love, teaches us to care.
We don’t often have experiences or books that can change us as much as this book has done for me. But we can open ourselves to wonder regularly in positive ways. Watch a movie that you wouldn’t normally bother with. Go into a newsagency and buy a magazine in an area in which you have no interest. Imagine if I read a magazine on BMX biking. I would step into a world of young active people, see their joys and recognise their needs. Maybe even support their call for more tracks.
Wonder is a powerful means to transform your life.
Loving God, this world amazes me, its people astound me at times. Let them open me to the wonder of myself, the wonder of you. As I wonder, draw me even deeper into your love. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb
*Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake.