Enjoying Everyday Beauty
Sue Patton Thoele

  

The universe is extremely generous.  Beauty abounds in the most surprising locales and within even the most soul-searing experiences.  We simply need to look for beauty and take the time to appreciate and digest what we see.  I agree with Magaret Wolfe Hunerford's quote "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and would add that beauty is also in the beholder's ability to see.

The other night I was gifted with an unexpected beauty when I took our little dog, Lily, out to her piddle place, a fenced-in area behind the house.  It is hidden from the road and "landscaped" meagerly with rocks.  Its sole decoration is the garbage can.  Expecting the same old bedtime routine, I was blessed by beauty instead.

The streetlight, which goes on and off sporadically, was backlighting the brand-new, fuzzy catkins on our neighbors' aspen tree.  They looked as if they were encased in sparkling ice, shimmering and dancing in the early spring breeze.  An awed "Ahhhhhh" escaped as I exhaled.  While Lily did what she was supposed to do, I turned off our light, etched the beauty of the lighted catkins in my mind's eye, and whispered a prayer of gratitude for a lovely surprise in such an everyday place and action.

While the beauty of the illuminated aspen would have been hard to ignore, I easily could have done just that before making the promise to myself to lead a more mindful, appreciative, and in-the-moment life.

In order to enjoy everyday beauty, you need a desire to see it and the willingness to open your heart to it.  It helps when you go about your day expecting to be blessed by beauty everywhere you look and turn.  Expecting and paying attention to the beauty of the moment will draw to you loveliness beyond imagination.  Appreciating and reveling in beauty can soothe your soul, relax your body, and immerse you in gratitude.

Practice. . . 

*  Expect to find beauty in the strangest places.

*  Allow yourself to look for beauty everywhere.

*  Enjoy and appreciate the beauty you notice.

*  Allow yourself to really see a single aspect of your own beauty.

Throughout your day. . .

*  Notice and appreciate at least one of Mother Nature's everyday beauties.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder expecting to see it.
   
   

In this treasure of a book, Sue Patton Thoele offers over sixty-five simple and effective practices to help you embrace mindfulness one moment at a time.  Finding your way will lead naturally to a more open heart, inner peace, and greater zest for life--a path well worth pursuing.

  
   


  
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