The quotes are from artists, Buddhists, philosophers, poets, and more, all centered on the theme of how "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" (Marcel Proust). The short, playful exercises and prompts--like Seeing in the Rain, Eye Spy with My Open I, Spend 30 Minutes Taking a Five-Minute Walk, Get Lost--are designed to disrupt routine and inspire readers to see for themselves. Some of the exercises involve drawing, writing, and taking photographs, opening a path to creativity as well as showing how to engage in the moment.
Think of it as the Zen of seeing--a new way to look at the world afresh and rediscover joy in the everyday.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Schiller (The Little Zen Companion) focuses on the sense of sight and reorients readers to new ways of seeing in this book about being present and open to lifes experiences. When readers look at the world in their everyday lives, Schiller writes, they bring to their vision a host of habits and assumptions that color their understanding. In this small and accessible book meant for slow and contemplative reading, Schiller provides 26 exercises; a plethora of inspirational quotes from Zen Masters, poets, novelists, artists, musicians, and more; and gorgeous photographs of the natural world. His exercises include appreciating imperfections, taking walks, and training the eyeand the mindto see without judgment. By reorienting the eye and creating new observant ways of seeing, Schiller leads readers to enjoy the miraculous beauty of the ordinary, mundane world. His exercises serve as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the complexities of everyday surroundings. Those looking for an approach to mindfulness without formal meditation will find this book very useful for invoking that same state of awareness. (Jan.)