“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”
― William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Everywhere you look you can see how glorious life is. All you have to do is look.
It's fairly easy to see the glory life in a blue sky or in a child's laughter- but how about in a sad moment? What about in a moment of uncertainty? How about in the dark of night, or in loneliness, or distress? What about the myriad sounds and textures that we overlook in everyday living? What about the smells coming from a kitchen, or cut grass or the ocean? How about the taste of your meal, or the feel of your bedsheets? All of these have their glories.
Do you take the time to look? Do you take the time to experience what's going on around you? Your senses are there for a reason.
How often do you take the time to:
There is so much information within your powers of observation!
Have you used your senses today, innocently, as William Blake suggests?
Look! See the shapes of the world in front of you. Look with curiosity. Study the light.
Forget your names for things and just trace the lines of your world with your eyes.
How do you feel when you do that? Do you get quiet within yourself?
Your senses are your gateway into the living universe.
Your senses are a way to stop time.
Your senses are a door into a realm of experience that is immense, and glorious.
If you will only look.
Stop with all the internal dialog, just for a minute. Yes, I know you have work to do.
This will make your work easier. It will calm you down and focus your thinking. And it will feel good.
Look. And feel and taste and touch. Be here. Put your inner dialog to sleep for a moment, and just experience.
The longer you look, the more there is to experience. Our minds endless procession of storytelling ceases for a moment and we begin to see what is, instead of what we think it is.
You can cultivate these powerful talents of sensation. Open them widely. Take in the infinitude of every second. There's so much to learn!