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Finding Your Rhythm Profiling Practice 43: Noticing Our Noticing

Weekly Practice No. 14


Every week we profile one of the “Reflect to Create! “ practices from my book, they are chosen at random from a jar on my desk.  My invitation is for you to try it out if it speaks to you in some way.

Camera screen to illustrate noticing

This week we are profiling Practice 43: Noticing our Noticing (from page 96 of my book).

Practice 43 is one of the dance steps in The Opening’s Seeing Anew.

Seeing Anew invites us to be fully present, awake and alive in the moment with ‘what is’ – of waking up our senses for curiosity and wonder to see again with fresh eyes. I have chosen Practice 43 this week to remind me to get beyond my framing and to see that there is a deeper reason and a resonate beauty in everything.

This practice uses the metaphor of the aperture within a camera lens for us to practice what we are seeing and not seeing which can be applied to the workplace. For example:

  • What we are choosing to both focus in on and ignore?
  • What we are choosing to zoom in and out of?


  • What is in our foreground and background?

For this practice next time you are out with your camera or are using your camera on your phone:

  • Select a landscape, object, person or picture.
  • Experiment with the different apertures and focus.
  • Notice what you notice.

This is important because as Arthur Schopenhauer wrote¹,

“Every man or woman takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.’

Have a go!

Start with small steps.

Reflect on what you are noticing.

Please do share your stories so we can all learn together.

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[1] Quote downloaded 23rd May 2017 from

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