Beauty

“We think of [beauty] in opposition to narrowness, scarcity, drudgery, and constraint. We think instead of what is expansive, generous, abundant, connected, and expressive. Beauty also connects us with the why of living. It points to discoveries waiting to be made about the creation. It points toward questions of right relationships, of ultimate meaning, and even of eternity. It points backward and outward and forward to our ultimate Source and Sustainer.” ~ Makoto Fujimura

What discoveries are waiting for you?

A song rises

Out of the heart

The song rises,

The mind searching

For notes

To capture

its flight. ~ Murray Bodo O.F.M.

What song rises within you?

Just feel

“If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky —up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer. ~ L.M.Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Where do you feel prayer?

Messenger

My work is loving the world,

here are the sunflowers, there the hummingbird —

equal seekers of sweetness.

Here are the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. ~ Mary Oliver

How do you learn to be astonished?

Dolphins

Sometimes it takes new surroundings to notice the emergence of new life whether in nature, relationships, or other situations. Sometimes it takes simply slowing down, paying attention or moving towards gratitude.

Where do you notice new life emerging?

Enfolded

Beauty is all around us, yet so much passes us by because we are too busy, too worried, too tired. Just a few moments settled in our favorite spot can restore us wether we hold a cup of coffee/tea, wrap a colorful quilt around us or feel the warmth of the sun.

What moments restore you?