Ezra Bayda is one of my favorite spiritual writers. In his book, Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts) that he wrote with Josh Bartok, has several helpful aphorisms.
What happens when we slow down and pay attention? Everything. Innumerable delights are right at hand.
When I slow down, I see the moon shining through the evergreens on the hill. I felt the evening breeze with it’s cool fingers. I can taste the night, smell the gladiola that are blooming and see the flowers that poke up along the trail.
Otherwise I am in my head, having fantasies that go nowhere.
To write searing descriptions, one has to experience their own senses. Only by slowing down and paying attention are we likely to get there.