August 27     

Today's quotation:

Looking for and enjoying beauty is another way to nourish the soul.  The universe is in the habit of making beauty.  There are flowers and songs, snowflakes and smiles, acts of great courage, laughter between friends, a job well done, the smell of fresh-baked bread.  Beauty is everywhere, ready to nourish the soul.  It must only be seen to begin helping us.

Matthew Fox

Today's Meditation:

But what if we're in too much of a hurry to notice and appreciate the beauty?  What if we're too busy to pay attention to the beautiful things and people that are all around us?  What if we're so caught up in societal definitions of beauty that we don't even see some truly beautiful things because we simply don't expect to see beauty there?

I think it's a shame that we so often make judgments on beauty based on what we see in entertainers-- to be beautiful, one must look a certain way and/or dress a certain way, even use make-up to disguise how they look naturally because they think that isn't good enough.  To me, the word "natural" is a logical companion to the word "beauty" because the natural state of things is so much more authentic.  Yes, there are many beautiful things that people make, but for the most part the natural is greatly undervalued.

When we do recognize and appreciate beauty, it provides us with great benefits.  It's like a breath of fresh air after hours in a stuffy room-- it simply makes us feel good, and it can give us a whole new perspective on things.  It can give us hope, and it can make us appreciate this world we're on much, much more.  When I see something that's truly beautiful, I get a feeling that there's much more good in this world than I generally give it credit for.

It's important that we simply try to recognize and appreciate beauty without trying to judge it, without trying to turn it into something that it's not.  It's important that we let it be what it is and feel gratitude that we've been able to experience it.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of benefits do you feel when you see true beauty?

What would our lives be like without beauty to experience?

Why do so many people have a hard time recognizing true beauty when they see or experience it?

For further thought:

What is really beautiful needs no adorning.  We do not grind down the pearl upon a polishing stone.

Sataka

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