“When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see.”
―John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
Beauty. What is it? Where does it come from? Why does it touch us so? What happens to us when we experience it?
When we experience true beauty, everything stops. We take it in. We experience the stillness that it came from. I believe that we remember where it came from and it feels like home to us. It awakens us from our daily life for a moment and takes us somewhere else. It moves us. It thrills us. It is love sent to remind us of who and what we are.
When we experience a beautiful song, a masterful dance performance, a great poem, a theatrical production, a scene in a movie, a sunset, a beautiful piece of artwork, even an amazing sports moment…anything that has true beauty, we are changed in that moment. Beauty can wake us up to more of life, it takes us out of the ordinary and out of our thinking mind — into our senses fully and it is a gift when it does. We stop thinking, we have no worries, we aren’t planning or distracted or bored…we are really there experiencing the beauty and relief in being taken to a more meaningful moment. We all have experienced those precious moments when we sit in awe of something so beautiful, we feel it deep inside. Remember it and you can feel it now.
That moment is always there for us. We must remember that stillness and invite it to visit more often. We can bring more beauty into out lives, we simply need to be open to seeing it. We need to add enough space to let it in. Beauty is all around us. It is everywhere, not just in the so-called works of art. There is magical beauty in the smallest of things everywhere. Everything was created in that stillness. The truest of beauty is in the lines on an elderly face, the wag of a dog’s tail, the way the sunlight hits the sink full of dirty dishes, laughter, smiles, eyes, the book in your hands, the sound of your child calling “Mom”, kindness in any form, the mess you made having fun…beauty is everywhere. We don’t have to wait for the sensational, we can see it everywhere. We can let it wake us up to more of Life.
Today, in many ways, beauty has been reduced to idealized notions of what society deems beautiful. It is actually rather frightening to see what is happening in the name of beauty. That is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about true works of Life. God is experiencing himself in so many ways and through that experiencing, comes beauty. We can bless our lives by looking with fresh eyes that are open to the beauty that surrounds us all the time. We can help others see the beauty too.
Let’s take the time to touch beauty in a more meaningful way today and see how it changes our experience of life. Let’s not wait for the big obvious moments, lets find it in the imperfection that is called Life.
Have fun seeing the beauty around you today, your soul knows how…today is the perfect day to spend more time with your soul. Your soul is pure beauty!
Below is my son’s favorite poem, Little Things by Julia A. F. Carney. The beauty in his five-year-old writing and the sweet joy he gets in reading this poem and knowing he is one of my favorite little things is simply stunning…to me, better than any masterpiece or work of nature I could ever encounter.
Wishing you lots of joy in the beauty found in little things today and always!