This is the bird which lives a couple of houses away from me. I hear him every day but now I have seen him!
And it sure looks like he has seen me too!
In my A to Z of Becoming, O can stand for Observe. So that’s my theme for this week.
I’m sure you will have had the experience of traveling a familiar route and when you arrive you realise you have been so lost in thought that you haven’t noticed anything en route. This can even happen when you a driving car. It’s not that you aren’t seeing anything but I think these experiences say something interesting about how we observe. In other words, observing is not just about what our eyes “see”, it’s about how we process that flow of information and energy within us.
One way to change what you observe is to set an intention to observe. Before you head off on your usual journey you can ask yourself “what am I going to notice today?”. Then while you are out, you are more likely to notice what is around you and so observe.
I find an easy way to increase your awareness and so your observation is to set the intention to photograph what you notice. These days with smartphones, we all have a camera in our pockets or bags, but the way to make sure you take more photographs is to actually have the device in your hand. I do that with my camera. When I set off out to observe and to photograph I set off with my camera in my hand – not in my bag or my pocket – in my hand.