"Awe is a sign of allowing ourselves to be touched by beauty's transcendent qualities. Wonder connects us to a childlike openness, to the world's possibilities. Holy curiosity calls us to remember that mystery is at the heart of the world. It calls us to break out of our tired vision of life.....beauty opens our heart wide like the lotus blossom, and we are slowly transformed. In this way, we are responsible for cultivating beauty in the world wherever we are, to participate in the world's transformation."
--Christine Valters Painter