Practice 17

On Your Way

Look around you
Empty your mind
We are going to start today where you left off yesterday. As you walk out your door on the way to wherever you are going today, what grabs your attention? Maybe nothing. Maybe you are like most of us, so caught up in the litany of things on our to do lists, forgot to do, wish I didn’t have to do, wish I hadn’t done, wish I hadn’t said, should have said lists, that we barely see the world around us. We literally stop seeing and move through the world without acknowledging, even registering, with our eyes shut. Today, and more every day, open those beautiful eyes of yours.
Instead of checking for messages or making a phone call, put your phone in airplane mode and set your timer for 10 minutes.
Stand still and look around you as you take those three slow deep breaths in and out. Look up at the sky, down at the ground, all around you. Take pictures of everything you see. Keep moving your camera and keep shooting. Don’t stop until your timer goes off. Look at the trees and flowers the details of buildings. Photograph what you see on your street, houses and buildings. Maybe a neighbor stops to say hello, take their picture. If you see kids going off to school, take a shot. Look around you as you walk and keep shooting. You will be surprised at how much fun it is to begin allowing your camera to open your eyes to your unique life.