Noticing beauty and actively bringing into our everyday can be incredibly uplifting. It can transform those rather mundane moments into more enjoyable experiences. From our morning coffee to the meals we eat. From how we exercise to our journey to work. We can make these everyday activities pleasurable.
Being a creative soul I thrive in an environment filled with beauty. I value aesthetics, and I function better when there is order and harmony in my surrounding. I feel inspired when my senses are engaged.
From the moment we wake up opportunities present themselves. Rather than leaping out of bed to jump in the shower, take a moment to peak out the window and notice the morning light. The way it filters through the leaves of the trees. And the colours forming across the sky.
Make coffee in your favourite cup. And take a moment to breath in the rich coffee bean smell. Enjoy it with toast spread with fresh ricotta and a square of dripping honeycomb. Or whatever you fancy. Pay attention to how it looks on the plate. It doesn't have to be perfect. Simplicity is beauty in itself. And then notice the textures and flavours. The strength of the coffee. The sweetness of the honeycomb. The creaminess of the ricotta.
If working in an office, take time during your lunch break to get outside. Notice the day. And how your legs feel to be moving after sitting for so long. Walk a path which you don't often take. Feel the warmth on your skin from the midday sun.
In a sense it involves being mindful. When we allow ourselves and our minds to quieten for a moment, and become aware of our senses, we open ourselves to actually feeling life. Feeling real life. And we discover how beautiful it truly is. We're more likely to appreciate. And potentially feel happier and uplifted. It can remove ourselves from being stuck inside our heads. And calm those chaotic thoughts circling within.
I like to practice mindfulness with our children. I think it's essential that we do in a fast moving society like ours. Which is only getting faster for them. I ask them questions about what they can see. What they can hear, smell and feel. And when we are eating I ask them how something tastes. Doing so will hopefully encourage them to keep it going into their adult years.
Beauty abounds us. It's in nature. It can be in our homes. We can create it at our work desks. It's those small details that engage the senses in some way that can leave us feeling nurtured and excited about living.