We know instinctively how to use loving eyes when we are falling in love, when we see a new baby or cute animal. Why do we not use loving eyes more often? In this practice we discover that our habitual way of looking at things is not particularly loving. More often than not it can be neutral or even somewhat negative and critical.
Just like our mind, our eyes can often slip away from the object of our attention, seeking something to distract ourselves from the intimacy of the present moment. This intimacy and connection is what we desire, but it can also make us uncomfortable, particularly in relationships, causing us to communicate indirectly and evasively.
This week, endeavour to look at things and people with more loving and friendly eyes. Notice any changes that occur in your eyes, face, body, heart/mind, visual field and overall demeanour as a result of this practice. See if you can be more curious about the quality of the interactions you have.
Find and create some images of eyes and put them up in your house – bathroom mirror, refrigerator, back of front door etc.
Let me know how you get on.
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