“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust
It’s no secret that I love life. I didn’t arrive here by accident. I don’t have total control over my circumstances but I choose to make conscious choices about how I see myself, my personal relationships and my business.
We are an amazing beings and have come equipped with a remarkable camera. It takes effort to look deeply into the visual clutter that at times can almost enslave us but once we arrive in the moment and turn our attention to what we seek, we discover that what we missed before, may have been profoundly useful in our quest for peace or happiness.
The “Zen” of sight observing or “visual mindfulness,” is an exercise meant to give you practice in looking deeply at what you might have otherwise ignored. As, I’ve mentioned previously, I take pictures or write almost everything down. If you feel so inclined, by all means, capture or journal your observations but it’s fine just to have each of these observations as a stand alone experience.
Where ever you are in the world, whatever the season, spot a flower.
Grab a picture of yourself that you like. Why do you like it? What about YOU do you like? Is it the color you’re wearing, the lighting, the way your head is tilted?
How many shades of your favorite color can you spot in one day?
When was the last time you watched a sunrise or sunset? (Get thee to a sunset!)
Spot 3 different people laughing. How were they different from each other? How were they similar to you?
The “Zen” of sight observing or “visual mindfulness” is a really fun way of approaching the world. Approaching each day with intention and purposefulness may require a new way of thinking and seeing. And as we let go of living in the past or future, we learn to live each moment in an authentic, almost magical way.
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