Discovering the Hidden Gems: The ‘Beauty Spot’ Technique

In our fast-paced lives, we often rush from one place to another, barely noticing the world around us. Yet, if we take a moment to slow down and really look, we can find beauty in the most unexpected places. The ‘Beauty Spot’ technique is a mindful exercise that encourages us to seek out and appreciate the beauty in our surroundings. It is part of the ‘Tune In’ stage of the Street Wisdom model, a toolkit that helps us tap into the ‘invisible university’ all around us.

How to Practice ‘Beauty Spot’

  1. Select a Location: Choose a location where you can walk comfortably and safely. It can be a busy street, a quiet neighbourhood, or a local park.
  2. Start Walking: Begin walking at a comfortable pace, paying attention to your surroundings. Notice the buildings, the people, the plants, and any other elements that make up the environment.
  3. Seek Beauty: Actively look for something beautiful in your surroundings. It could be a pattern on a wall, the way the light reflects off a window, a small plant growing in a crack in the pavement, or anything else that catches your eye.
  4. Appreciate the Beauty: Once you have found your ‘Beauty Spot,’ take a moment to really appreciate it. Reflect on why it is beautiful to you and how it makes you feel.
  5. Reflect: Consider how often you pass by such beautiful spots without noticing them. Reflect on how taking the time to notice and appreciate beauty can impact your mood and perspective.
  6. Continue Your Walk: Resume your walk and continue to actively seek out and appreciate the beauty in your surroundings. You can repeat the exercise as many times as you like.

Benefits of ‘Beauty Spot’

Practicing the ‘Beauty Spot’ technique can have several positive effects:

  1. Increased Mindfulness: Actively seeking out and appreciating beauty can help you become more mindful and present in the moment.
  2. Improved Mood: Taking the time to notice and appreciate the beauty around you can boost your mood and increase feelings of gratitude and contentment.
  3. Enhanced Creativity: Observing the details in your surroundings can stimulate your creativity and inspire new ideas.
  4. Greater Appreciation: Actively seeking out beauty can lead to a greater appreciation for your environment and the world around you.

Conclusion

The ‘Beauty Spot’ technique is a simple yet powerful exercise that can help you become more mindful, boost your mood, and increase your appreciation for the world around you. Next time you are out for a walk, try practicing the ‘Beauty Spot’ technique and see how it impacts your day. Remember, beauty can be found in the most unexpected places; all it takes is a moment to stop and really look.