I like to ask myself that constantly, especially at places where I am enjoying the vibe. But also at times when I feel a bit bored, or weird. I wish to take it all in to feel what is happening. I remember couple of summers ago I sat down in the evening in the middle of the garden and just observed everything with all of my senses. Nobody showed me that, I just did it spontaneously. Those were the days when I didn’t think about YOGA at all. It all came to me very out of the blue.
Many years before that, I studied scripts of my favorite movies at that time – I searched them on the internet, found them, printed them out and I studied them, how they were written and how everything came to a picture from those papers. Just a script itself was a fun thing to read and process. I still have a few of those back home. And somewhere around my “script searching years” I found Lee Strassberg’s method. Everybody was mentioning his name and I wished so hard to see how this method works – but I knew that it would be impossible for me to go to study at Lee Strassberg’s university. But I dreamt and I dreamt big.
… long story short – when I was searching myself like crazy – I got my first TV audition and that led me to go through some educational courses where they prepare you for the camera. And there I was sitting in a room with a few of other students and there was this man who said that he is going to show us a tiny bit of Lee Strassberg’s method/Stanislavki’s method. I couldn’t believe my ears. Lee Strassberg came all the way to me (not literally of course) and the method that was introduced to us was exactly what I needed. To be really aware of my senses everytime.
Those were the beginnings of everything. Who would have thought that it will bring me here. I probably wouldn’t be happy at all if I would go search Lee Strasberg’s method around the world. You get those tools that you need to grow. What you seek is seeking you. What better tools to use first than your 5 senses. When brought to awareness they will definitely awake the 6th one as well. Your intuition.
So wherever you are in life in wherever you go – especially new places – always calm down a bit, take time for yourself and travel through your senses. Your traveling will be way more mindful, maybe you’ll even make more memories with it.
“As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?”
~ Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are