I think that our eyes, or vision more specifically, is one of the things that we take for granted the most in our daily lives, even when we think we are taking in the beauty around us. In today’s reflection journal, I want you to take a deeper look into your relationship with your own sight – the lens in which you view the world around you.

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh sums it up very eloquently:

“Every time we open our eyes, we see thousands of marvelous forms and colors. Those who are blind may feel that if they could recover their sight they would be dwelling in paradise, but we who have good eyes rarely take the time to appreciate that we are already in paradise.

If we just take a moment to touch our eyes deeply, we will feel real peace and joy.”

So whether you’re about to sit for a long study session or to just scroll through as you surf the infinite expanse of the Web, take a moment out of your college life to reflect on the following:

  • What is the first thing you see when you open your eyes?
  • What are some people or things around you? Are they familiar sights, or do they often go unnoticed?
  • What do you see that you may not have noticed before?
  • Look at one object in your direct eye line very deeply. What can it teach you or tell you about you or your path? About the present moment?

This reflection can be written or thought about silently, anywhere at anytime. In lecture halls to study halls to dorms. Make this reflection a part of your day, and let it be a part of your path to find a deeper sense of personal growth while getting the most out of your college experience.

What do you think?

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