I talk a lot about the present moment and how important it is for us to stay right here and now rather than dwell on the past or the future. But sometimes this is easier said than done. It’s very easy to fall into the trap that the past has created for you, or get caught in the snare of the future.
One way to practice staying present is just like Rachel Carson once suggested: open your eyes to all the unnoticed beauty surrounding you. We tend to take things for granted or forget that something extraordinary is right in front of us – especially if we see it every single day.
My suggestion for you today or at least sometime this week, is to go to a place you’ve been so many times you’ve lost count, and pay attention to the details. Look around as if it’s the first time you’re there, or as if it’s the last time you’ll ever step foot in that very place. Notice all the beauty around you. Notice how you feel in that very moment and allow any feelings to surface. Be amazed.
This way of practicing unnoticed beauty is a great way to strengthen your ability to stay present. And it will also help you notice and acknowledge the things you have in life that are truly meaningful to you – that which you are the most grateful for.
What well-known place will you explore anew?