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Our mind conveniently categorizes everything we routinely see. It attaches labels to things and then gives us the message that there’s nothing to see here. While this is an essential and helpful mechanism it also erects walls between us and the experience of life. We know for example that lots of little kids are playful so there’s no need to pay attention. Sitting at Starbucks yesterday I was amazed at the ability of two little girls to stay perfectly happy using paper cups. One of them was pretending to be the magician shuffling the cups while the other had to guess where the rolled up paper wad was hidden. They repeated this while giggling and just watching their joy left me completely helpless to feel anything else than joy as well.