When I was at the University of Kentucky we had a guest speaker come to our campus and in the workshop he talked about “3-D Living”. “3-D Living” is using all of our senses during the day. When we live in our head/box we become disconnected from our senses and miss out on opportunities to enter a creative state both in our personal and professional lives.
During the workshop he had us walk around the room and examine objects looking for as much detail as possible. I examined a chair in the room and he had me look at the structure, texture and even the smell of the chair. I noticed things about that chair I had never seen before, and I had probably been in the room with it a dozen times. It was an interactive workshop where we were to engage all of our senses as a means of being in the moment.
After the workshop I walked back to my apartment and I stopped in the middle of the campus to pick up a blade of grass I looked at it for the longest time. I looked at its texture, shape and even smelled it. By engaging all of my senses and focusing on the piece of grass the amount of detail I saw in it was quite remarkable.
As I continued to walk back to my apartment I gave this more and more thought. What I started to think about is how little I actually used my senses throughout the day. I was in my head/box which dulls out and nullifies the five basic senses.
Picking that piece of grass and focusing on the touch and texture of it was an experience in and of itself. It had a smooth surface with a ridge in the middle of it going from the top of the blade to the bottom. The tip of the grass having some brown on it, like it had burned in the sun.
I walk by grass every day and I have never taken the time to look at a piece of grass since I was a kid. The countless times I have passed grass at Kentucky I was always in my head/box thinking about my to do list, homework, rehearsals and the rigors of being a college student.
If I missed the beauty of a blade of grass what else did I miss as a result of being in my head box?