How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things…..Elaine Scarry
these exquisite unknowns buried in between the surreal landscape of our memories proclaim their rhythms of beauty……to drop down in the essence of a beautiful moment, treasure, feeling or nuance, is to suddenly understand the delicate timing, rhythm, and hauntings of the heart…..
When you accept the state of being a stranger, you are no longer a stranger. I have been an exile when everything around me seemed strange and everybody was a stranger. Once I accepted that I didn’t have to belong and I didn’t have to be part of the world, then I was free to be part of it. There was a paradoxical release of the spirit. The world became mine when I was no longer holding on to it……Satish Kumar
Perfection is not static or dead, it is the fullness of life which a thing possesses: this is what constitutes the adventure of knowing in the system of Aquinas. Nature is not dispersed chaos but a series of individual forms. Aquinas had an understanding of nature and experience as dynamic, as constantly unfolding. His philosophy is a hugely intricate poetics of growth and becoming. To know a thing is to awaken to its depth, complexity and presence. According to him, each thing secretly and profoundly desires to be known. For Aquinas beauty also included the notion of integrity, or integritas. He understands that each thing is alive and on a journey to become fully itself. Integrity is the adequacy of a thing to itself. The integrity of beauty is that inner straining towards goodness and completion. There is a wonderful urgency within things to realize the dream of their individual fulfillment; nothing is neutral, everything is on its way. Aquinas is careful not to overlook the sensuous element in the beauty of things. He says: ‘Pulchra sunt quae visa placent,’ i.e. those things are beautiful which please when they are seen. When we see beauty in sensible things, we are grasping their secret, living form. While the experience of beauty has a wonderful immediacy, it is not something that simply happens. This is where Aquinas speaks of the peace that beauty brings. Struggle and desire are deftly subsumed in the experience of harmony….John O’Donohue