Walking through our days we spend many moments looking inward as we think our many intrusive and compulsive thoughts or we look downward as we mindlessly follow the direction to complete the task at hand because we have to be task oriented. But rarely in the typical, busy minutes of our days do we look around at what’s far from us or better yet “in the distance.” Even more, we don’t look upwards. The looking at what’s far away is soothing because it doesn’t allow our eyes to focus on a singular detail and thus allows our brains to just breathe and wander in that far away. I am aware of this in my routine as much of what I do is literally face to face, eyes to screen or canvas or room or anything within 8 feet of me and my body responds. It feels this tightening of limited space and retracts making breathing more shallow and thoughts more scattered. I make it my intention to get myself into spaces that not only allow me to wander but allow my thoughts as well and my body and breath to open. Creativity is born in these places however inspiration comes in the looking upward. I find my gaze moving upward often with winter skies. They are broader and more colorful with the sky becoming one of the landscapes most interesting features. The place most of us ignore is where I found my smile; a rainbow smile. I have seen it more than once lately and take it as a beautiful comfort and embrace, connecting me with the whole of everything around me and I in turn smile. That smiles remains within me as I have to come back to my 8 foot world except this time with a limitless mind.
Today, look upward. The inward will follow and your expression will have no walls.