a pretty place to rest your eyes
We all do it, don't we? We collect little places of reverence on our windowsills and our desks, populated with gifts from friends, found objects, feathers, crystals - - pretty places to rest our eyes.
Talismans on your desk at work, favorite pictures, bits of fluff - - all set aside and important simply because they give you pleasure. Our unintentional altars are also an opportunity.
Experts agree that findng a few moments in the day to be grateful; to notice something outside ourselves is one key to happiness.
Moments of appreciation trigger the pleasure centers of our brains, releasing a happy cocktail of chemicals. And because neural pathways are surprisingly plastic. Excercising these neural 'muscles' daily creates resiliancy and a more contented life.
Since you've probably already created a place you can use as a reminder, take a moment to inventory that little altar.
This little vingnette caught my eye today - - the brief sunlight, colors, and aroma - -
Every day with relentless attention, I find Some Thing to find pleasure and joy in.
Find a few square inches of beauty, notice, nurture, cultivate and crave it let it preserve you.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician