We are so afraid of being sensitive because when we become sensitive,
life opens out tremendous avenues which we don’t know how to handle. We
remain insensitive and live a dead life because of this. We remain in a
dead and secure circuit. When sensitivity flowers, every moment becomes
fresh. The simplest, most normal things of life become an experience of
Start seeing things as if you are seeing them for the first time! When
you start seeing things without bringing your samskaras, not only you
will see things newly, you will see new things. Seeing things newly will
happen with these two eyes. Seeing new things will happen with your
third eye! Your ajna chakra (brow energy center which controls the
awakening of intelligence) will be activated. You will have a new vision
and an expanded consciousness.
When was the last time you really looked at something?
Or listened? Or tasted? Or smelt or touched?
All the things you have been doing all your life, now do them again, as
if for the first time.
Whenever you are walking and you see something, maybe a flower, stop.
Collect your awareness and look at the flower again.
Take in its colour. Let your nostrils absorb its fragrance.
If it has no fragrance, notice that!
Touch and feel the texture of the petals, the way they feel against your
You will feel the difference.
Are you sure you have ever seen this flower before?
The whole quality of the flower has changed.
It looks radiant.
Actually, it is not the flower which has changed.
It is your way of looking.
When your looking changes, your listening changes, your touching changes
– the world changes.
When you connect, it is a new world every moment.
Carry this practice with you all the time. Actually, you cannot even
practice it, you can only hold it in your heart, and let the
All animals are somebody—someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it. In our culture, we have been encouraged to think of animals as things, as commodities. The great challenge lies in having a change of perception. The realization that they have a life of their own, independent of their utility to me or to anyone else: this is what I am trying to get at when I speak of them as being “subjects of a life.” In this sense, they are exactly like us, equal to us. — Tom Regan