5 Minute Magic: Bored of the same old same old? Here’s a little note on learning to see with fresh eyes.

If we look to the brain function research we see that familiar and unfamiliar items are processed by different brain regions. Familiar items being processed by the frontal lobes, and unfamiliar objects being processed by the temporal lobe, a sorting room type region which takes in sensory information and decides what it all means.

It is normal and natural to interact with things in this way and it makes sense really, or else it would take ages to recognise common objects and get anything done.

And it can be hugely beneficial to cultivate the ability to see things with fresh eyes. When we take the time to have another look— a proper good look at every day things, we’re often pleasantly supposed to find a fascinating, not so mundane reality right under our noses.

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

Paul Cezanne