Look with your eyes. See with your heart!
You are in the supermarket pushing a cart. You are in front of the shelves with apples that are neatly stored according to taste, kind and variety. It is fruit you need for your health and you buy it, whether the price is good or not. You look at the quality label and then put a pack of six in your cart and go to the till.
It is not because you look that you see.
Your biological eye sees shapes and different colours. But do we actually ‘see’ what we are ‘looking’ at?
‘To see’ is only possible by standing still in a special way, by consciously looking at and by being present with mindfulness. To see is always the result of looking with our inner eye, because reality has a tactile outer side but also an invisible inner side.
What if you would pick your apple yourself in the orchard ?
When choosing the apple that you pick yourself, you invariably begin to smile because of what you see, feel and smell. Your eyes admire the shapes and colours ,while your hands handle the apple as a piece of live food. This apple , ‘your apple’ is not any more just merchandise, but one of the wonders of life that you want to cherish.
Very often we ‘look’ without ‘seeing’, because our heart is not in it.
Phil Bosmans once wrote :
“There are so many wonders around us that are waiting to be discovered. When you look at someone you love, when you look at flowers and butterflies and birds because you find them beautiful, you always see so much more than only your eyes can see.Then you discover daily new miracles”.
You start to think more with your heart than with your mind.
– Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Kijk met je ogen zie met je hart