*8Things: The Art of Noticing, Old Things:New Eyes

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The Art of Noticing: Old Things, New Eyes


LaLa’s sun, courtesy of Leanna Ramsey-Corrales, Which Way is Home Again.

Yesterday my yoga instructor asked me to “contemplate the characteristic of Surya, the Sun…” She always asks me this. She never forgets. Why? She’s on a on a DVD, so there is no variation to this routine. I have heard it so often I have become numb to the instructions.

But not this time. This time I actually thought about the Sun and her characteristics. Living in northern climes as I do, I am usually desperate for the sun. For Light. For heat. So much so that these are the only characteristics I remember about the her. But yesterday as I looked at the sun — well, at the watery hint of her existence, there, behind the clouds — I came to notice stunning things about her.

*8Things: Characteristics of the Sun

1. The sun warms whatever she touches.
2. The sun grows things — with the help of others. (rain, oxygen, earthworms…)
3. The sun has no fear of running out of energy in this lifetime.
4. The sun is universally loved.
5. The sun goes on burning, even when no one is noticing it.
6. The sun is egoless.
7. The sun, while needed by all living things, is not strained by her necessity.
7. While the sun may appear to grow stronger or weaker, that comes from viewing her from a fixed perspective. At her core, she is consistently energized and un-depleted. 
8. The sun does the work of her life without effort or strain, but simply by be-ing

*8Things iconIs there something omnipresent in your life that you need too direct your gaze to once again? Can you see something old anew? We’d love to know what you are re-discovering today. What is your list of *8Things: Old Things: New Eyes?  Grab a button and play along. If you put your list on your blog, give us the permalink(not your homepage address) in the Mr. Linky below. Thanks for playing!

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LaLa February 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm


Rachelle February 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Lol! Is that a good eek or a bad eek? :-)

Liane Benedict February 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Wow – this is hard. Not sure what to choose…

Liane Benedict February 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I am in the northeast and suffer from a lack of sun and warmth – I can relate!

LaLa February 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

That is an incredibly excited eek.
My polaroid looks SO purty on *8 things. Makes me happpppy.

It feels like I’m seeking to look anew at everything these days. At school we are looking anew at our childhoods. How did I let the events that happened to me as a child make up the worldview I carry today? And am I brave enough to re-examine those decisions and see if they are still true?

For example: as a bi-cultural child, I was always getting watched to see if I did things weird or different. I decided that I wasn’t gonna do anything I didn’t know how to do perfectly cos it was too embarrassing. These days I am teaching myself photography publicly on my blog – a direct attack on that little perfectionist girl that hides inside me. I post a new photo every day to remind myself that it is OK to be in process – to not have arrived yet – and my community will accept me rather than reject me for this truth.

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