We spend a lot of time looking at screens, we look straight ahead, focused on the task.
But we miss things.
Go out into nature and we benefit from looking wider – we may miss things if we only look straight ahead.
What can help is to develop greater peripheral vision – to see what is on the edge.
Here is an exercise that could help.
Find a place, with a nice panoramic view. Take a few deep breaths. Hold out your arms.
Wriggle your fingers and move your arms to each side. Then drop your arms, still maintaining your peripheral vision for 5 minutes.
Then close your eyes and focus on the sounds. Name and point.
Open your eyes and superimpose the sound scape over the image. This has opened you up to what you don’t normally notice.
I’ve tried this and found it very helpful.
Why don’t you try and let me know how you get on?
On my last walk it helped me to not only notice things in the edge of my vision but also to look close to the ground. Not expecting to see anything but being open to seeing what you may see. I noticed a tiny snail – see the picture above.
It can also help as you wander around the town. In Cheltenham there are a group of people who paint and hide rocks. I finally found my first one this weekend. It’s a really cute idea, you post a picture of the rock on FaceBook and say where it was found. You can then keep or rehide.
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