My vision is terrible/horrible/awful without corrective lens. Coming out of the eye doctor’s office the first time with glasses was filled with awe. Suddenly, I was aware of the individual blades of grass, the details of a leaf, the freckles on a face.
Each morning, my first act after shutting off the alarm is putting on my glasses. The details around me are brought into focus but the awe I felt the first time with glasses is lacking.
When I began to wear contacts, I became aware of peripheral vision. Wow! I can see things on the edge. I have an idea of what is coming my way. But, (sadly) I rarely give thanks or acknowledgement for it.
Oddly enough, only when I take time to think about these points in my life do I once again appreciate the details and the periphery. In much the same way, finding beauty around us requires us putting on a perspective lens.
Similar to our musical practice, finding beauty around us requires practice. Whether you set aside time for this practice on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule, here are the three steps to practice.
#1. Make time to stop and REALLY look/listen.
Our to-do list and schedules keep us moving yet rarely look and listen. Beauty takes space.
#2.Be open to finding beauty.
Perspective is required. Where one person sees scribbles on a page of a child another might see a beautiful mix of colors or a new found skill.
#3. Put on the “beauty finder lens”.
Pause and become an observer. What do you see or hear? What makes it special, unique, beautiful?
Beauty in our work as music therapists.
While the world defines beauty people as youthful and with perfect skin, working with older adults we know beauty is also packaged in wrinkles and age marks. The medium for music allows for artistry, expression, improvisation and a host of esthetic experiences. At times our work allows the individual or their caregiver to see that beautiful person.
The March #YearofBeauty interview features Rachelle Norman, MT-BC. Rachelle speaks about her work with older adults living with dementia and their loved ones. She provides a beautiful summary of how she shares beauty lens. If you have yet to log in to receive access, please do so now.