“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” (David Henry Thoreau)
What do you see? I mean, what do you really see, as you go through your day? This question speaks to the essence of mindfulness and consciousness. How often have you driven home from work and not seen anything around you? Instead your mind is reviewing the events of the day, replaying conversations, making up to-do lists, thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner. Our minds get so busy that we forget that life isn’t taking place in our mind but is here in each moment, unfolding around us.
All of our internal chatter is just that, chatter. Perhaps you might like to challenge yourself today, to see what is around you. See the food on your plate, the person in front of you, the tree outside your window, and this is key, see without judgment, without story. Your mind will want to evaluate, compare, label what you see, red flower, old man, ugly painting. Plan on it. Our minds quickly move into action taking ownership of what we see, defining it, trying to control it. No worries, gently, without effort, come back to the simple act of seeing.