Look up. It seems so arbitrary but this simple head tilt changed my life.
In a world where our minds and eyes are focused in front of us or on the screen in our hands, looking up is crucial to cultivating presence. By looking up, we are forced to stop for a moment and take in our surroundings. As forward thinkers we’re always looking towards the next step, the next day, the next thing and we forget to take in the moment.
The present is all we truly have and we are quick to brush it off as though it’s frivolous.
Studies have shown that by stopping for a moment to notice your breath, your toes, or even a flower has an immediate calming effect on the mind. Those who are more present, stress less.
One day I decided to look up like a gawking tourist on my outings. It was amazing!
I was shocked by the things walked by a thousand times but never noticed. It was even more shocking to see the amount of people looking down when I looked up. We have much more of an audience than you’d think- be wary nose pickers!
So next time you’re walking about, look up. It’ll snap you into the present and you’ll feel more connected to the life happening around you.
Here are a few photos from my “look up” day.
I’ll be posting more of these on Instagram (Beccanaut) under the hashtag #lookup. I encourage you to do the same and share your findings.
Every protest Barbie you can imagine. Agreed, Nudity is not a Crime.
These two kids stealing a moment together.
This moustachioed monster moped.
Who knew there was a chair under the PotteryBarn clock at Market and Castro.
These construction workers playing with fire.
This girl’s outfit and perfectly fitting purse.
This wine shop’s perfect description.