We frame what we see

View up the hillside from inside the stables

What do you see in the image above? I suspect I’d have as many answers as people who read these words. Because what we see is only partially influenced by what parts of the light spectrum fall on our retinas. The majority is how our minds filter those light particles. And that’s a whole other … Read more

On seeing in the quietness

Close-up of plantain in the grass

Appreciating a quiet moment after a day of shearing the alpacas, I lay in the long grass. Rolling over, I saw this flowering plantain. And it reminded me of William Blake’s opening words in Auguries of Innocence: To see a World in a Grain of Sand And Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in … Read more

Love is a way of seeing

Lakeside in the morning sunlight, with geese on the bank and goosanders on the water

I started contemplating love as another of my little words this week. And soon realised that the word love was altogether different (you knew, of course). It isn’t a pivot word, like ‘and’ or ‘yet’. Instead, it offers us a transcendent way of seeing. With soft eyes and a generous heart. Who do you know … Read more

We don’t always see it…

View across still water in the valley in Winter

Standing at the bottom end of the lake yesterday morning, all was still. And you wouldn’t even begin to know what life was there… But I knew, at least in part. On my way down from feeding the boys, I’d watched the swan doing her inverted dibbling. A brilliant white iceberg, the triangle of the … Read more

What do we notice that no one else sees?

Deep coral common corn flags caught in slanting sunlight

This morning, I’m not sure what I am going to see… Look for what you noticebut no one else sees. + Rick Rubin, from The Creative Act: A Way of Being, 2023 However, I do know that the afternoon alpaca rounds coincide with the last rays of sun on this side of the valley. And … Read more

Being open to seeing with the eyes of our heart

Close up of dew on gorse flower, surrounded by gorse thorns

Many of us will be familiar with, and indeed cherish, the phrase from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  Yet, let’s not kid ourselves that this is some warm feeling that makes us smile. It … Read more

What do we see with our ears?

Group of alpacas who each have ears facing in a different direction

Yes. You did read that correctly. What we notice isn’t just a matter of sifting through what falls on our retina. Watch animals, or even people, for a short while, and you start to observe this in action. Because our senses are far more integrated than we give them credit for. Yes. We are fearfully … Read more

Opening our eyes to the connected whole

view through tall conifers to greenery beyond

We are extraordinary pattern-recognising beings. At first sight, we intuitively perceive the pattern that makes the whole long before seeing the constituent parts. If we didn’t have this facility, we would struggle to navigate life. Take language. We don’t create the whole word or phrase by piecing together the letters or syllables. Once we’ve learnt … Read more

Muddy brown waters

Family of Canada Geese blending into the muddy lake water

It’s easy to dismiss the muddy brown waters, the result of heavy rainfall on our Welsh hills. Yet to do so merely demonstrates surface thinking. Only noticing what immediately meets our eyes. However, get attuned to the movement and the tiny disruptions on the surface, and another world emerges. What are we missing in our … Read more