In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle writes:
The plant that you have in your house, have you ever truly looked at it? Have you allowed that familiar yet mysterious being called ‘plant’ to teach you its secret? Have you noticed how it is surrounded by a field of stillness? The moment you become aware of a plant’s emanation of stillness and peace, that plant becomes your teacher.
When we emerge from meditation we often encounter people and things as if for the first time, seeing them in their essence. The practice of meditation leads us to a deeper and fresher awareness of all things and of each another.