"Soft eyes" allows for discovering a muse or some form of inspiration that surface might seem to have no connection but could be the element that helps weave a coherency to a project. They could be the simple pleasures, the often overlooked elements that can contribute to the enrichment of a project.
Designers are constantly looking for ways to maintain their creative souls. We look for those joys in our everyday moments. So while pulling the flower petals tossing them into your salad might seem to have no connection to design, you never know. It's the idea.