"What is honored in a country will be cultivated," Plato said, and this is true for spirituality within the university setting. It cannot just be talked about on the margins, spirituality must be at the heart of the campus.
We are all motivated by different triggers. Creative people can find wonder in art, music or a book; spiritual people can find it in their faith or search for personal enlightenment but it's often found in something as simple as the conclusion to a good film, video game or personal achievement.
Yes, you may have gotten the answer to your question, and wasn't that so nice and tidy? But at what cost? The question, and any conversation or subsequent mental gymnastics that it might have generated, dies an immediate and unfortunate death.
When we experience wonder we are open to discovering the joy and beauty of life. I think that wonder can happen in a matter of seconds. Here are some of the things you can do to have "Wonder Moments" at any time during the day.
My favorite little things are these: The way your sweaty skin feels right after you wake up from a nap, the way your little kid breath smells when you come in close for a nose kiss, the way you inspect my whole face -- pushing on my nose, noticing everything with your curious eyes.
First, let others tell their stories. Rather than plunging headlong into a recitation of the world from our perspective, we simply commit to listening to others first, curious about what leads them to their perspective.