That which we call imagination is from the first an attribute of the senses themselves; imagination is not a separate mental faculty (as we so often assume) but is rather the way the senses themselves have of throwing themselves beyond what is immediately given, in order to make tentative contact with the other sides of things that we do not sense directly, with the hidden or invisible aspects of the sensible.*
The imagination keeps the heart young. When the imagination is alive, the life remains youthful.**
A sensual world
invites us to smell, touch, hear, fast, see
our imaginations into life-in-all-its-fullness.
To be open and not closed
to the more that will surround us today,
In the natural world – of which we are a part –
And the worlds of our makings.
May we imagine more today than yesterday,
And more tomorrow than today:
The first great wonder at the world is big in me.^
*Quoted in Maria Popova’s The Marginalian: Ecologist and Philosopher David Abram on the Language of Nature and the Secret Wisdom of the More-Than-Human World;
**From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^Margaret Wise Brown, quoted in Bruce Handy’s Wild Things.