Wonder



When we meditate, we come face to face with something much larger than we are. Breathing in, we may notice that our tiny lungs are being filled by a vast ocean of air that is always there for us, miraculously. A natural response to noticing reality is wonder.

Teaching meditation, we have to go with whatever clues we can get - which is not much - about what our students are experiencing inside. The expression on their face when they are practicing is a clue, as is the expression when they are sharing verbally what they experienced.


The Spielberg Face
If there is one recurring image that defines the cinema of Steven Spielberg, it is The Spielberg Face. Eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where time stands still. But above all, a child-like surrender in the act of watching, both theirs and ours. It’s as if their total submission to what they are seeing mirrors our own. Fandor.com




Films Directed by Steven Spielberg (In order of appearance)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Universal)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Columbia)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Paramount)
The Color Purple (1985, Warner Bros.)
The Terminal (2004, DreamWorks)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, DreamWorks)
Always (1989, Universal)
Minority Report (2002, DreamWorks)
The War of the Worlds (2005, Paramount)
Hook (1991, TriStar)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 (1997, Universal)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001, DreamWorks)
Catch Me If You Can (2002, DreamWorks)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, Paramount)
Jurassic Park (1993, Universal)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, Paramount)
Empire of the Sun (1987, Warner Bros.)
War Horse (2011, DreamWorks)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011, Paramount)
Amistad (1997, DreamWorks)
Amblin’ (1968, Four Star Excelsior)
Duel (1971, Universal)
Something Evil (1972, Universal)
The Sugarland Express (1974, Universal) Jaws (1975, Universal)
Munich (2005, Universal)
Additional Sources (In order of appearance):
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Dir. Rob Marshall (2011, Walt Disney / Jerry Bruckheimer)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Dir. David Yates (2011, Warner Brothers)
Super 8 Dir. J.J. Abrams (2011, Paramount)
Stagecoach Dir. John Ford (1939, United Artists)
Broken Blossoms Dir. D.W. Griffith (1919, Biograph)
The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928, Dir. Carl T. Dreyer
Casablanca Dir. Michael Curtiz (1943, Warner Bros.)
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon Dir. Michael Bay (2011, Paramount)