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Become aware of yourself. Part III

Look with all the senses.
Many years ago, I dedicated myself to the art of bonsai. I know that many people think that bonsai are trees that we not let grow, that we torture them so that they become as small as the feet of geishas ... At botanical level that is impossible, and the belief shows a total ignorance about the vegetal kingdom: any plant that does not grow, dies. Anyway, we will not discuss that. It has no use.
The curious thing was the reaction of the Westerners when they first saw a bonsai. It was in the Universal Exhibition of 1889, the same one in which the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Never before had a bonsai come out of Japan. Those trees produced a sense of exoticism and magic in the attendants, almost more than the Tower. The Orientals could not understand why. It was natural for them. In fact, the literal translation of the word Bon-sai, is plant in a tray. It's that simple! A plant in a pot!
What's the difference with any other plant?
You.
Yes, the difference is in the observer.
A bonsai is no more than a plant in the foreground and everything around it is designed to enhance its beauty: pot, moss, decoration ...
If you do not believe me do this test. Do you have a plant since many years, on your balcony or terrace? Place it at eye level and if possible against a neutral background.
Do you see it in the same way or see details that you have never seen before?
Imagine you have the size of an insect. Observe with the attention and curiosity of a child, smell and squeeze the eyes, touch the trunk and leaves. Are they soft? Do they have pilosities? Are there roots emerging from the substratum?
When you finish the observation, it is very likely that you will never see your plant again in the same way. You are also likely to feel a sense of peace and well-being, I do not say happiness, it is too risky and I do not know you.
Well, what happened?
You have forced your mind to observe with all possible senses. Let's remove the taste as your plant may not be edible. The observation of beauty causes your mind to lose control of the situation and take its place. And… everything in the universe is beauty.
Now try to do the same with a sunrise, a sunset, the stones of the beach, a snail ...
And finally stand in front of the mirror. How long have you not looked at yourself in front of a mirror?
In this way? Can be never.
Remember, beauty is not in the object, it is in the observer.

As always, any doubts or comments you may have on this subject do not hesitate to let me know.