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Slow Looking on the Weekend #WISSIT2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

This past week, the 4/5 Coopers engaged in a mindfulness exercise that inspired me! I spotted them outside the Norton House "slow looking." In short, their teachers quietly guided them throughout our gorgeous campus. At a variety of stops along the way they were asked to draw or take note of things they noticed. All I could think on that particularly busy day is: "I wish I could join them!" And while I couldn't join them in the entirety of their exercise that particular afternoon, nothing is stopping me--or you!--from slow looking this weekend. Slow (or mindful) looking enables us to get out of our heads, get outside, to renew our focus, reset intentions, and to be more present.

Below are the instructions provided to our 4/5 Coopers. I am going to use them on my own slow looking walk this weekend and encourage you to do the same! 

Instructions courtesy of 4/5 teacher Angela Baek:

There are aspects of our everyday life that might be very interesting to other people but which seem very ordinary to us. There are also parts of our everyday life that we do not find time to notice. This is a chance to notice some new things and to share your observations with other people. 

Take a walk in your neighborhood or local environment:

  • Slow down, closely observe your environment.
  • Engage all your senses.
  • Notice details.
  • Share on social media what you find most interesting. (If you do, please tag us @burgundyfarm!)
  • Enjoy yourself!

Some optional concrete suggestions:

  • Take some close up shots or sketches that focus on very small details. Or choose to take in the whole scene.
  • Stop and use your five senses. What do you smell? What do you hear? Is there something you can touch? Take a photo or sketch a picture that represents something you noticed with one of your senses other than sight.
  • Find something that is familiar to you but might be surprising to someone who doesn't know your local environment.