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How to kick start your eyes to actively look

[picapp src="7/f/e/c/Male_martial_artist_de47.jpg?adImageId=5154652&imageId=5063921" width="358" height="477" /]   I want to share with you a way of keeping your thinking skills in top form. Just like the rest of your body, your eye/ brain connection needs regular exercise to work at optimum performance. The best thing, is that you can do this anywhere with anything, just bring along your perception and focus. This is the first of 13 creative thinking tools as defined by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein in their book "Sparks of Genius".

  1. Choose an object or a place that you are interested in learning more about.
  2. Discern as much as you can about how it looks, color, shape, form, texture, size, line.
  3. Even take notes, a photo. Make a sketch.
  4. Also identify other sensations that you notice, such as particular sounds like in the space, , smells, what it feels like to be in the space. Identify what it reminds you of. re there any memories associated with it? Are there historical connections? Document all observations.
  5. A journal is a good place to put tis information in case you should want to reference it in the future.

You have just done a little exercise that does not involve a specific time, place or fee. You are exploring something that is interesting to you. In the process you are  exercising your creativity, memory, intellectual capacity to make connections. This will help you to become more confident in your own observations.

These skills are essential for artists, musicians, scientists, writer, historians, teachers, students and doctors.

So carry your little journal with you and give your creative mind a workout. You will be surprised at how much more you notice about life! And don't forget to let me know how it works for you. What did you learn?