You can be passionate about an activity, a person, an
idea, anything and everything. In fact, the core of passion
is a reverence for itself and the opportunities therein.
Passion is so powerful, it's not just not something you do, or merely a
quality you 'have', it's something you become. You become
passionate, and your passion affects the whole of your life.
Day 1 : See
How does everything around
you look, really look? Focus on the intricacies of things you see
throughout the entire day.
Notice the reflection on
items… how everything is, in a way, like 3 dimensionally ray traced
graphics (i.e., notice how light falls on objects, and the shadows and
reflections that are created).
Notice the 2d shapes things
are made of – squares, rectangles, triangles… in contrast with the 3d
shapes – cubes, spheres, cylinders, pyramids.
Begin to really notice color.
More than just red or blue... really delve into the shades and unique
variances of color.
do things look like at varying levels of focus -- if you're looking at
them from far away, or up close? What would they look like in a
microscope? What would you see if you really saw 'the big picture', and
could really see 'the forest for the trees'?
Lastly, involve some of your
other senses as you see things. For instance, imagine how particular
things you see might feel or, if appropriate, taste...
even if you're not actually able to feel or taste them.
Day 2 : Hear
How do things sound?
Focus on the sounds you hear, for an entire day.
How does your own
name sound? How about the names of others? The sound itself, not the
meaning, per se…
Take some time out and listen, really listen, to your environment.
How many different sounds can you hear that you normally don't pay
attention to, or would be inclined to 'tune out'? What can you identify?
Try this now and throughout the day.
What's the sound of
your hands against your steering wheel? What do your footsteps sound
like as you walk? Can you hear the legs of your pants brush together
when you walk?
Listen to your own
breathing. Rub your own hand, and listen to your skin touching. If you
listen closely, can you hear even the sound of your own blood, as it
pulses throughout your body?
Listen to music, and
imagine what it'd be like to play that music on your own. Pick out the
different instruments, and notice how the sounds layer and
Lastly, begin to tie
in some of your other senses as you hear things. Imagine how things
you're hearing look, when you can't readily see them. Imagine what it'd
be like to touch the things you're hearing.
Day 3 : Smell
How do things smell? For an entire day, put extra effort and focus
into becoming aware of the smells around you.
What is the first thing you smell when you wake up? What does the air
smell like? What's your bed smell like? What's your breakfast smell
like? What do your beverages smell like? When you leave the house,
what's the difference between what you smell inside and outside?
Inside your vehicle, what can you smell? Is there one overall scent,
or can you smell individual scents?
If you can, take a walk, and focus on smells. Smell flowers. Even
stop to smell trees. Be aware of the smells emanating from different
houses. Is there something cooking inside? If so, can you identify any
of what's cooking?
Involve your other senses as you smell things. If you can't
immediately see what you're smelling, imagine what those things that are
producing the scent might look like. Imagine what it might feel like,
taste like, or even sound like, if it's capable of making any sort of
Day 4 : Taste
How do things taste?
Focus on everything you taste throughout an entire day.
Do you bite your
nails? If you do, what do your nails taste like? What do your fingertips
Do you ever place
any other non-food items in your mouth? Use your mouth to hold anything
'for a second'? What does it taste like? How does your toothpaste taste?
How about your toothbrush?
Can you tell how
salty a particular taste is? Is it bitter, sweet, or both? Compare and
contrast different tastes.
Involve your other
senses as you taste things. Focus not only what something tastes like it
in your mouth, but on how it feels in your mouth, and it's
moistness and temperature. If it won't be too messy, touch things before
you taste them. Really take a good look at them. Stop and really
smell them, before tasting them -- figure out how much smell is
or isn't involved in everything you taste.
Day 5 : Feel
How do things
Stop throughout the
day, take your time. Slow your breathing, the pace of your thoughts, and
your rate of speaking, and really tune into how things
on one sense as you drive, but when your vehicle is stationary, focus on
some of the feelings there. How does your steering wheel feel? How does
that feeling change when you move it? How do you hands feel as they move
your steering wheel? What does your seat feel like? And how does your
body feel in relation to your seat?
Reach out and touch
things. Things you rarely, if ever, deliberately touch. Consciously
touch them, let go, and touch them again. Do they feel different to you
What's it really
feel like when you shake someone's hand?
How hot are things
when you touch them? How cold? How moist or dry are the things you
touch? What are the textures?
What can you feel
right now at any one moment with any body part except your
Involve your other
senses as you touch things. Take a close look at what different textures
look like. As you touch certain items, close your eyes and visualize
exactly what you're touching. Be aware of their scent, or how things
might taste. Touching anything makes a sound, so take a close
listen to things as you touch them.