Think for a moment about what color clouds are. Did you think white? Take a closer look at them next time. Clouds are mostly white, but also include black, grey, yellow, pink and even blue. It depends on so many factors like what time of day are you looking at them, the type of cloud or the angle you’re at. In the sunset, you’ll see many colors in clouds you won’t see mid-afternoon.
Painting is also a great way to notice shapes. One of the easiest ways to paint faces or objects is to break them down into their relative shapes and combine them together. Everything in the world can be broken down into things like circles, squares and triangles. It’s like putting pieces of a puzzle together as you’re creating your painting.
If you take up painting, you’ll see more colors and shapes in the world. You’ll notice subtle influences of color in everything and will be able to break anything down into their relative shapes. This brings out the beauty in the world in ways you probably weren’t noticing before.
2. Studying Philosophy
Thousands of years of studying life and the different ways people perceive it. The ideas and thoughts from people in this field can definitely change the way you see the world.
For instance, look at a table nearby. What does it look like? You probably replied with something like a flat object with four legs. Now imagine what it looks like from a mile away. From there you wouldn’t be able to notice the legs and it might just look like a square blob of some sort. Now imagine what it would look like under a microscope. That flat surface you see right now might look like mountains under the microscope. Which is the right way of seeing the table?
Another philosophy problem can be illustrated by the ship of Theseus paradox. As the planks on Theseus’s ship decayed, they were removed until almost every plank had been replaced. The argument is whether the ship is the same one as when it first sailed. At what point do all those planks that were replaced create an entirely new ship?
Philosophy can be really hard to understand: thousands of pages to read with difficult concepts. If this sounds like too much work then realize you can start out with easier introduction to philosophy books.
Some TV shows and movies even have books on philosophy such as The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh of Homer or Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All. And if pop culture can release books on philosophy, you can find a philosophy book to get started.
This hobby is an art form that can really bring out the beauty of the world to you. I have a friend who is an amateur award winning photographer. Every so often he’ll put some of his photos on Facebook.
The things he photographs are mostly common, everyday things, but the way he captures them really brings out their beauty. Sometimes the way light hits an object or the way shadows align make ordinary things beautiful.
Photography makes you look for the beauty of the world. When you start to look for the beauty, you’ll soon realize just how much there really is out there. Here’s a test: the next time you’re driving somewhere look for something beautiful. The more routine your drive the better. You’ll see it in the smile of a pedestrian or the architecture of a bridge. It makes you realize how much beauty really is out there.
When you’re on the lookout for great photos, you’ll notice these beautiful everyday things more frequently.
The bends and twists you do in yoga can make you see the world in a different way – literally, when you’re lying flat on your back or bending down to look through your legs upside down.
Joking aside, the changes you can find in yoga and meditation are personal and introspective. Both offer a way to become more self-aware.
Self-awareness is a state where you are conscious of your own being as an individual. You are separate from other people and animals with your own outlook, disposition and consciousness.
Yoga and meditation are just two ways to bring out a higher level of self-awareness inside of you.
Both meditation and yoga provide a gateway to the inner workings of your mind. Oftentimes, this can be more world changing for people than noticing anything new about the world around them. Self-reflection is just as important and world changing as anything around you and can lead to some very surprising discoveries.