The One Thing Society Worships But Doesn’t Understand
Beauty is ephemeral. It makes you breathless for a moment. All your senses are engaged in awe and astonishment. Gratitude arises and the beautiful touches your soul. Beauty is generous. It is a gift that widens your perspective, allowing you to connect with the Sacred. It is a doorway to the Divine. Nature offers you beauty every day if you but look at a sunrise, sunset, or even twilight. The plants, flowers, trees, mountains and oceanic swells all grant a sense of home larger than this precious earth.
The vastness of the beautiful speaks in a language of the cosmos, and you become aware. There is timelessness in the presence of beauty, and an unspeakable tenderness that touches the heart.
How do We See Beauty?
It is said that symmetry and balance create beauty. Computer imaging of faces where one side is copied, reversed, and placed side-by-side, are supposedly seen as more beautiful than the original face; where the real left and right sides differ. Symmetrical faces are said to be a standard for true beauty. Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie appear to have both sides of their faces matched in a way that doesn’t happen for most of us. In other words their faces are unusually symmetrical.
Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?
Of course, it can be said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, that may mean more than a subjective view of beauty. It implies a desire to be the vessel willing to hold the beautiful. The capacity to receive and notice beauty can expand. Being loved can make you feel more beautiful, and looking at the ones you love, paints them in an aura of beauty. This is the beauty of the soulful connection shining through, not just subjectivity.
How is Beauty Different from Glamour?
Beautiful means to be full of beauty. Yet this quality goes far beyond attractiveness. Glamour and commercialism create a copy of beauty. The real essence is devoid of envy or comparison, or commercialism. The real essence is connection and Unity with the Eternal. Numinous experiences speak of a beauty that is not so easily explained and can never be bought. They arise out of a realm of nothingness, stillness, like the big bang coming forth in the presence of no-thing. Here is a beauty uncontainable, indescribable, and blissful. These transcendent moments allow you to see the beautiful that is in your own soul. The true you. The one privileged enough to live in this world, a world that ultimately needs your presence.
Here are 5 ways we can practice beauty:
1) Look for the Beauty in Nature
Take the time to really see when you look. Notice the aspects of a flower, or tree, as if you are going to paint it. Become aware of subtle colors, shapes, and movement. Allow yourself to commune with the nature of nature!
2) Look in the Mirror to Find Things about Yourself that You Love
You may start with your eyes, your nails, your hair, and later learn to embrace all of your body. We have been alienated from the beauty we possess, by artificial images. Reclaim your unique, never seen before, image. You are the only you!
3) Gaze Lovingly at Another
When we are critical of ourselves, we often criticize and judge others. What if you look for their beauty instead? You can start with cuddly babies if you must, or even your dog or cat, and smile lovingly into their soul. People need to be seen and loved. This very act is beautiful.
4) Create Something You Love
Draw, paint, write, dance, sing, decorate, or practice any art. Your self-expression is beautiful because it reflects the creative process, the very same process that has brought you into being.
5) Enjoy the Arts
Your sensitivity to beauty can be cultivated and enhanced by exposing yourself to many forms of art. Visit museums, gardens, concerts, and any place where people are expressing their soulful selves. It can be contagious!
Beauty can Lead to Healing
The ability to acquire a taste for true beauty and to practice it, can lead to profound healing. It’s just past a struggling soulful dilemma. It is hidden beyond tragic story and resentments. It may be hidden in illness or ancestral legacy. It may be embedded into these places, like a yin-yang symbol containing its counterpart. It can be found-energy, in tears and pain, and joy. Tragedy is often trailed by kindness and beauty. Beauty that is the poignant reminder to be in the now. Astonishing beauty is always in the now. How often do you forget to see yourself in this beautiful light. Beyond labels, analysis, and the definable, there lies only beauty. The yearning of which is inborn and unborn, waiting to give birth to further beauty.
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