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Meditative Story

Learning to see what is in front of me

Siri Hustvedt, Writer

A plant with nine blooming flowers. Or is it nine? Ten? No, nine. In the still, cold quiet of a museum hall, the author Siri Hustvedt sits. And looks. And sits. And looks. And sketches. Siri is known for standing in front of a painting for hours at a time and discovering elements that others don’t see – that she’s never noticed either. Why? Because expectation can prevent us from seeing what’s right in front of us. Our assumptions color what’s really there. You’ll never notice what’s right in front of you if you don’t look.


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