Ways of seeing

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Art by Katherine

A Life of One’s Own: A Penetrating 1930s Field Guide to Self-Possession, Mindful Perception, and the Art of Knowing What You Really Want

Excerpt:

oon as I began to study my perception, to look at my own experience, I found that there were different ways of perceiving and that the different ways provided me with different facts. There was a narrow focus which meant seeing life as if from blinkers and with the centre of awareness in my head; and there was a wide focus which meant knowing with the whole of my body, a way of looking which quite altered my perception of whatever I saw. And I found that the narrow focus way was the way of reason. If one was in the habit of arguing about life it was very difficult not to approach sensation with the same concentrated attention and so shut out its width and depth and height. But it was the wide focus way that made me happy.

 

5 thoughts on “Ways of seeing

      1. Thank you so much,Janet.You know how much your work has inspired me.Strangely when I began to draw apples I didn’t consciously think I will do this because of Janet.But later I realised it was.I’d never seen watercolours which affect me so profoundly.as yours.So joyous and life affirming
        I’m so grateful.Love,Katherine xxx

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