First Steps to Seeing

A Path Towards Living Attentively

Emma Kidd

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  • A visionary book on how to affect social change, arguing that the path to a happy, healthy and peaceful world begins with individuals
  • Encourages the reader to recognise how we interpret life and the world around us through our fixed ideas, labels and judgements
  • Uses personal stories, practical exercises and real-world case studies to help the reader see the world dynamically

Argues that by developing a dynamic way of seeing, we can perceive, respond and adapt to life in new, beneficial ways.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life
256 pages
Publication date:
18 Jun 2015


In the twenty-first century we are confronted with a rapidly changing world full of social, economic and environmental uncertainties. We are all inherently connected to this changing world and in order to create the best possible conditions for life to thrive, we must each develop an inner capacity to respond and adapt to life in new, creative and innovative ways.

The author of this visionary book argues that the path to a happy, healthy and peaceful world begins with the individual. By learning to recognise our cognitive habits of interrupting and defining life through our fixed ideas, labels and judgements, we can begin to develop a dynamic way of seeing that enables us to perceive and respond to life with greater attentiveness.

First Steps to Seeing reveals a practical set of stepping stones that guide the reader into this dynamic way of seeing and relating. Using personal stories, practical exercises and real-world case studies in development, education and business, the author takes the reader on a journey to explore how to give our full attention to life, and how to enliven the world that we each co-create. An inspiring guide for all those working for social change in youth work, business, education or research, or simply seeking fresh paths in life.


'I love Emma's book and the expression she gives to 'work as the gift' - this resonates deeply with me. How we value ourselves, whether we choose to view our work as a gift and whether we self-determine our own happiness - that is our gift, should we choose to see it. Emma's wonderful book opens us up to a whole new way of seeing.'
--Polly Higgins, International Ecocide law advocate

'Emma Kidd is a practical visionary and her book, ‘First Steps to Seeing’ is a most useful companion on our journey of transformation. Read this book – you will be delighted.'
--Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

'By offering many practical exercises and personal experiences, Emma helps us to discover the missed dimension of cognition in perception, opening up a new window on the world. First Steps to Seeing is a deeply insightful guide for anyone wishing to fully experience a more meaningful life, and engage more authentically with people, our organisations and the environment.'
--Simon Robinson, co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter

'First Steps to Seeing offers suggestions for seeing differently, both in its accessible and interesting text and also by means of simple but
powerful experiments and observations, which include separating emotion from perception, and
practising ‘lived experience’ and ‘exact sensorial imagination’.'
-- Pat Williams, Human Givens Magazine


Emma Kidd is an educator, writer, independent researcher and consultant. Her practice is centred around leading living inquiries into how we can co-create a happy, healthy, and peaceful world. She works with educational charities, third sector organisations and businesses. Emma has a Masters degree from Schumacher College, UK, where she specialised in Phenomenology and the work of Henri Bortoft.

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