“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at
— Wayne Dyer
Yesterday I took these two pictures of the same tree, within the same minute of the day.
This morning I was reminded again how what we put our attention on can shape our experience. I got to attend a wonderful class led by Sharon at Opus Yoga. Sharon began the class with a quote by Thich Naht Hanh:
“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.”
We practiced yoga with deep attention to our joints and muscles. At one point, Sharon suggested we “let the breath carry care” into these places in our bodies. This practice felt so very strengthening and nourishing.
What an empowering perspective. We have the ability to truly nourish our bodies with care and attention. I wonder if we can all allow this notion to frame our day, and our week ahead. That we have the power to gift our bodies, our relationships, and our lives with deep, caring presence.
We can breathe with care. We can engage our eye contact a few moments longer with our loved ones, and listen deeply. We can be still, and be present with compassion for our own needs and desires.
Looking at things with care, we infuse them with our presence. The things we look at change.