If a movie is exceptional (Annie Hall, Casablanca & Citizen Kane come to mind) than you will likely see more in the second viewing than you did in the first. Freed from tracking the story line you can watch for the light, relish the soundtrack, notice the way the actors speak the words.
The same is true with a song, particularly a complex piece of classical music. Refuse to listen to Beethoven's Ninth many times and you will deprive yourself of the ever-deepening experience that comes with new hearing.
What of the "ordinary" things that surround us? When we see a table we identify it and usually move on.
I walked around my home looking at "overlooked" spaces through a camera lens. Consider the image (left) and the ones below.
Look around your room right now as you may never have before. Go beyond identifying. Experience.
After you know a friend's face you may stop seeing them. Look again. What do you see in their eyes today?
Talk with someone once blind who has come to see, or a sighted person whose eyesight is about to vanish. Ask them how they see.
If you are a veteran caregiver how do you nourish your healing powers? Look again. Listen again. Touch again.
Open the eyes of your heart.
Front Hall Orchids
Sofa Study #3
Photographs: Erie Chapman, 2014