Happily may I walk. Happily, with abundant dark clouds, may I walk. Happily, with abundant showers, may I walk. Happily, with abundant plants, may I walk. Happily, on a trail of pollen, may I walk. With beauty before me, may I walk. With beauty behind me, may I walk. With beauty above me, may I walk. With beauty below me, may I walk. With beauty all around me, may I walk. Wandering on a trail of beauty, lively I walk……Navajo Chant
to be reconciled to our capacities, our negligence, our character, our insights requires a gratitude unlike any other superficial goodness……this deep gift shapes our hearts, flaws, madnesses, and despair into a beautiful offering…..something we’ve made of blood and bone and earth and can share….this is the gratitude of real beauty….
As Care was crossing a shallow river, she picked up some wet clay and began to give it shape, meditating upon what she had created. She took the clay from the body of Earth and asked Jupiter to give it spirit. Care wanted to give this new being her name. But Jupiter and Earth each claimed their right to the name. Saturn, father of Jupiter, settled the dispute by saying the name would be homo since it was made from clay, humus, or earth. At death, Earth would receive the body, and Jupiter the spirit. However, the new being would belong to Care during its lifetime, for it was she who had first shaped it……Roman myth
In innocence abides love. Those traveling along the Way of Beauty have an erotic attitude toward life. Like all true lovers, they do not ask for explanations or impose conditions, but simply embrace life in its mystery. Do not ask them for a formula or theory- that is not their specialty. Look, instead, at the way they face the world. Rather than trying to decipher it, they open themselves to it and perceive beauty in its subtlest and most poignant aspects. In the Way of Beauty, we embrace life’s ambiguities without having to interpret and explain them. We enjoy the mystery and transform its terror into awe. Obscurity and ignorance are positive factors here, because they help us to get rid of cumbersome opinions and relish the enigma. The result is the ability to accept life’s contradictions without feeling we have to resolve them. Keats calls it ‘negative capability, ‘Several things dovetailed in my mind and at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature and which Shakespeare possessed. I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason- with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all considerations…..Piero Ferrucci