The Art of Perception 10
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Pay attention to the gifts around you.”
“Attention is one component of it. The other component is Meaning.
You see what you pay attention to.
You pay attention to what you consider meaningful. Everything else is invisible [<link; very short read].
We have a perceptual map of the world. This perceptual map is largely a map of meaning. In expanding the map, you’re expanding your reality.”
“How do you expand your perceptual map?”
“This is a game in itself.
All the things you usually notice form a perceptual pattern. This pattern traces the boundary of your reality. One way to expand your map is to regularly break this pattern.
Make it a habit to look at things you don’t normally notice and ask yourself:
How is this a gift?“