“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
– Henry Miller
Noticing beauty around you is mindfulness at its core, it simply requires stopping for a second to contemplate something, anything, for no other reason than rejoicing in the present moment.
In the fast-paced world of today, we’re so busy with our lives that we tend not to notice the beauty around us. A good example of this is the Washington Post’s experiment where violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, played incognito for 43 minutes in the Washington DC Metro during rush hour. 1,097 people walked past and very few stopped. This man, who makes up to $1,000 a minute, earned just $32,17.
How many beautiful things can you be missing out daily because you are rushing through your day? This week, remember to take a pause on your usual routines and with curiosity, simply observe: shapes, smells, flavours, sounds… and notice their complexity, richness and beauty.
WHY IS IT GOOD?
Appreciating beauty is a positive attitude, available and at reach to practice and strengthen at anytime.
A 2006 study on students showed that spending time consciously improving your ability to appreciate beauty will help you have a more positive outlook on the future.
It helps you stay in the present moment for longer.
You probably have an instinct on what tickles your beauty brain but here there are other options:
Notice the intricate texture of that new dent on your car.
Marvel at a colourful flower blossoming fearlessly on an grey concrete sidewalk.
Observe ants as they go on about their work with awe-inspiring diligence, making you wish you had a pair of powerful pheromone-crazy antennae.
Admire the fantastic colour combination of clothes of your tyrannical boss.