"Without the intentional effort to awaken, life speeds by. We habituate to experience, perceiving through the filter of the past and not orienting ourselves to the novel distinctions of the present. Our invariant representations lessen the information density because they establish filters that constrain what we actually see. If there were to be a new flower, we might miss it because we are anticipating the old flower. Waking up and 'smelling the roses' is, literally, telling the invariant representations of our brains to take a break."

Dan Siegel