A beautiful thing,
though simple in its immediate presence,
always gives us a sense of depth below depth,
almost an innocent wild vertigo
as one falls through its levels.
Graciousness is a quality of mind that does not separate truth and beauty. Talk of truth always makes it sound as if truth were the cardinal virtue. Yet without beauty, truth becomes blind and can be turned into a blunt and heartless imperative. When we hold beauty and truth together, truth will always have a sense of compassion and gentleness. Only in the light of beauty can we come to see what is really present. When we succeed in being gracious and gentle with ourselves and others, we begin to truly inherit the inner kingdom. We can often forage for years in the empty fields of self-analysis and self-improvement and sacrifice much of our real substance for specks of cold, lonesome factual truth. The wisdom of the tradition reminds us that if we choose to journey on the path of truth, it then becomes a sacred duty to walk hand in hand with beauty……John O’Donohue
being carefully honed in presence is at the core of all that is beautiful…..these rhythms of quiet depth find immaculate truth in the shifting, pale and indescribable light of the darkest night….this is the palpable pulse of beauty’s possibilities…..
Part of what it means to be, is to be beautiful.
Beauty is not superadded to things:
it is one of the springs of their reality.
It is not that which effects
a luscious response in perceivers;
it is the interior geometry of things,
making them perceptible as forms.
……Francesca Aran Murphy