"How do you know how the world works?
"The world is telling us how it works all the time, speaking to us in ways we hear and overhear. Some of its messages blare, some whisper; some reach us in languages we don’t recognize as languages, a current of air on our skin, a green taste in our mouth, a dead nestling on the pavement. The world tells us lies and truths about what we can and can’t control, about how alone we are or how continuous with others, about where our attention should go, about what we should fight or accept. Writing imaginatively is a way to sort those out. Whether we’re writing, reading, or just living, it’s a mistake for think that the only thing that needs grounding, questioning and explaining is the version of the world that we’re making different. Asking why and how about the world as it is can offer us another door into imagining how it could be, what we might make it and what it might make us, however drastically different from now the places where it might burn or bloom. Thicket of stories, running along the dendrites—the trees—of your nerves. Piercing your heart."
I began to turn this perspective re-frame into a game: Train your senses to find five beautiful things in a row. Once I found one, I forced myself to spend ten full seconds — the time it takes to sing the chorus of Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” — taking in the beauty before looking for the next one. This game is awesome because it takes you out of your head, out of the ruminating mind (what my former psychology professor called “the yammer”), and places you squarely in the present.