During the noticing practice on Saturday we were asked to look at a pot of daffodils. I brought this pot (It was one of mum's mother's day gifts) and I'd seen them on several occasions. I thought I knew what they looked like but...did I really? Once I started the practice and having been reminded about bringing a friendly curiosity, I noticed all sorts of different things. The flowers, instead of a being a "host of golden daffodils" (cheers Wordsworth) became individuals! I swear they had their own personalities! I resisted this at first but then the person leading the practice said are you looking at all the daffodils the same or does anyone stand out? - YES! I wanted to shout - that little guy at the front (little guy!! it's a daffodil!!). What else do you notice he asked. "They're smiling!!" What? Daffodils smiling? Really! Well they were to me, because I was seeing as if for the first time, with "beginners mind" which is a central tenet in mindfulness. With practice, this curiosity is something which can help us change our perception of ourselves and the world, breaking patterns of behaviour or rearranging a distorted perspective. I had forgotten how good it is to be curious because to be curious is to be open - and when we are open to experience the world is a richer more vibrant place.
So from now on I shall try and be more like my cats - bring anything new into the house and they are there - new box - they're in it - new furniture - they're on it, new bag - they wee on it - sorry but they do! Here's one of my cats being curious .......
and the other who isn't.........
I know who I'd rather be!
So this week I'm going to try and see things with "beginners mind" and enjoy the variety that this will hopefully give me. Come on.....I bet you're dying to see some smiling daffodils! I know I am!
Have a great week.