Bare Attention

If you would look at a flower, any thought about that flower prevents you from looking at it. The words the rose, the violet, it is this flower, that flower, it is that species,  keep you from observing. To look there must be no interference of the word, which is the objectifying of thought. There must be freedom from the word, and to look there must be silence; otherwise you can’t look. If you look at your wife or husband, all the memories that you have had, either of pleasure or pain, interfere with looking. It is only when you look without the image that there is a relationship.

Jiddu Krisnmurti.

Photo Daniel J Layton

2 thoughts on “Bare Attention

  1. Yes, I never thought about it like that before. Guess it helps when you are looking at a flower and you don’t know what it’s called… I try to look at my husband without the connecting memories to colour my thinking.

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