The world is a complex and fast-moving place and we make it more complex and faster every day. The efficient coping mechanisms we have developed to filter and select information to help us to survive and thrive amid an enormous amount of stimulation often get in the way of fully experiencing our environment. Spend some time becoming more aware of the miracles that surround you.
Try this meditation.
1 Sit, stand or move slowly. Do so in a way that you can be undistracted so that you can direct your full attention to your environment.
2 Shift your attention to your vision. Look around you – side-to-side, behind and before you, up and down.
3 Shift your attention to your hearing. Listen to both quiet and loud and near and far sounds.
4 Shift your attention to your sense of smell. Fully experience both pleasant and unpleasant smells.
5 Shift your attention to your sense of touch. Explore the temperature, the air, the ground, the things around you, etc.
6 Become aware of more than one sensation at a time, working to simultaneously integrate them all without prioritizing one over the other.
Simply observe your experiences of your environment. Don’t compare, contrast, evaluate or judge your experiences. Don’t let identifying the things you perceive with labels limit your impressions. If thoughts come to mind, note them and gently let them go. Return your consciousness to your direct experience.