Are you familiar with theÂ game I Spy? Â While ScholasticÂ® held aÂ trademark for the printed puzzle, the children in our neighborhood created aÂ version thatÂ didn’t require a subscription toÂ their popular magazine.
Like most games, we learned and created the rules on the fly, adding features and nuances fed by pureÂ curiosity. Reconstructing the guidelines we used then, I would portray the process like this:
ObserveÂ something in the environment that you believe is concealed or hidden. Proclaim the objectÂ of your focus and see how long it takes your comrades to detect (and build on) what you describe.
Our descriptions were concrete, like “I spy a squirrel eating pecans and leaving aÂ pile of shells atÂ his feet,” or “I spy someone whistling back and forth to a bird in the tree.” Â The person with the greatestÂ WOWÂ factor won, which seemed to be linked to becoming aware ofÂ something novel, fun or awesome that was right before our eyes… yetÂ not perceived.
I bring the game up now because, to my surprise, I caught myselfÂ playing itÂ this morning! Â I heard a youthful inner voiceÂ start an IÂ spyÂ exercise… afterÂ decades of disuse. Â The activity seemed natural, asÂ familiar asÂ new, and it made me smile. Â I recognized the roles I assumed, The ObserverÂ and The Searcher, as they involved and testedÂ each other. Â I also recognized a new twist asÂ the descriptors nudged me toÂ a new level of awareness.
My Observer said,Â “I spy BEAUTYÂ in thisÂ dark brown bridge that spans this partially frozen creek as framed against thisÂ blue-and-white streaked sky.” Â MyÂ Searcher knewÂ theÂ accuracy of the description even as it was spoken and was filled with gratitude… for myÂ childhood game, for the ability toÂ feelÂ movedÂ byÂ BEAUTY, and for the GOODNESS Â in the hearts and soulsÂ of Boulder Colorado citizens who know the importance of funding practical and beautiful pathways.
In 2016, I planÂ to resurrect theÂ I Spy childhood game as an intentional MeWe mindfulness practice. Â I welcome you toÂ join me.
Â© Copyright 2016 Maria Hunt