to live for beauty

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The aesthetic experience also comes from the encounter with others. Here, more than anywhere else, it is clear that the impression is deep and penetrating. The beauty of a person, his or her body or soul, stimulates countless interactions and emotions. We learn about others, we are the others. They live in us and we in them. In the presence of beauty, at least two attitudes, on a continuum between extremes, are possible. On the one hand, we can be closed to beauty and keep it at a distance. We might feel it brings troubling insights and changes, and we dimly sense this impact can be upsetting. It is undeniable, beauty is a risk. We risk being vulnerable, changing in ways we dare not imagine. Beauty can be uncomfortable. If we stop it in its tracks, it becomes an ornament or a piece of merchandise, at best a cultural object. Thus beauty is dis-empowered or fossilized. On the other hand, it is possible to let ourselves be moved and changed by beauty. Our aesthetic intelligence opens and extends itself. This is a harder but much richer path……Piero Ferrucci

our stormy hearts long for the sublime, rich in meaning and nuance and sweeping forevers that linger on the tongue….the essence of our truth lies in our capacity to witness the morning sun rising in to caress the turbulent silence…..may you shine into your day…

the individual self is- a fleeting meeting ground

of intricately woven relations, its nature is

profoundly participatory, but is, for that,

no less endowed with distinctiveness,

particularity.

…Joanna Macy

where does loneliness land

When your eyes are tired

the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone,

no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes

to recognize its own.

There you can be sure

you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home tonight.

The night will give you a horizon

further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds

except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet

confinement of your aloneness

to learn

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

…David Whyte

3 thoughts on “to live for beauty

  1. Love the post and the image as well………reminders of the downy white that is the soul, remembering to us the ways – 25,000 feathersin a lifetime – 25000 miles in a single miration – above the clouds (closer to forever than the stars) – to see what mortals rarely see. What wonders exist when we allow ourselves to soar. Beautiful. ~ Love, Bobbie

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