Just Look and See
“To see clearly is
poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.”
By the time we
reach adulthood, language is so much a part
of our perceptual process that we may habitually substitute word
for direct perception of things. We look at a piece of fruit and we see
“apple” or “strawberry” without much real awareness of the fruit. This
is useful, in that we can perceive and categorize things quickly
much mental energy, but we can lose touch with our world of perception.
In order to open up to
perceiving directly, try practicing observation
without words. When you look at the clouds in the sky, just see them.
try to decide if they are altocumulus or cumulonimbus, or if they mean
it is going to rain, or if they look like a duck or a dragon. Just see
them. Look at their shape and color and movement without interpretation
Perhaps, take a slow
walk and see what you can see without verbal
interference. At times you will likely think the names of things as you
see them. That’s fine, just let go of the name and try to see beyond
word name. As you walk, breathe slowly and comfortably. Let go of your
thoughts and send your attention to your senses.
© 2001 Tom