Have you noticed that, when you visit a particular setting for the first time, either a new town, a new house, or a new park, that the first impression is always different than the impression you have on the same place a few minutes later?
I think this happens because our expectations increase once we become more familiarized with the environment. And the more expectations we have, the more we are distracted by our thoughts. But when we are faced with a new environment, we are more likely to stop thinking and observe more. Which leads to mindfulness.
I don’t know about you, but I realized that when I make the attempt to perceive a familiar environment as a new and unfamiliar setting , I am inclined to doing mindfulness. I discovered this when I visit a new setting. Somehow it changes my perspective the more I become familiar with it. When visiting a new place, there are less expectations and, therefore, less thinking. There is more observation and attention to details. There is more accepting. And time seems to slow down.
When we are more familiarized with the same place, our expectations increase, and so does our thinking . There is less observation and less attention to details. Time will then seem to go faster.
When I try to focus on the details of my surroundings, such as the street and the trees, and try to perceive it as a new experience , time will seem to slow down . It is the same as living in the here and now. Being more mindful.
When it is evening, I try to imagine it being morning.
Or when it is windy and rainy outside, I perceive it as being in a tropical island (which I am not but I wish I were.)
It is almost as if I can change the perception of my surroundings in order to make it soothing.
And be more mindful.