Beauty is the harvest of presence, the evanescent moment of seeing or hearing on the outside what already lives far inside us; the eyes, the ears or the imagination suddenly become a bridge between the here and the there, between then and now, between the inside and the outside; beauty is the conversation between what we think is happening outside in the world and what is just about to occur far inside. Beauty especially occurs in the meeting of time with the timeless; the passing moment framed by what has happened and what is about to occur, the scattering of the first spring apple blossom, the turning, spiraling flight of a curled leaf in the falling light; the smoothing of white sun-filled sheets by careful hands setting them to air on a line, the broad expanse of cotton filled by the breeze only for a moment, the sheets sailing on into dryness, billowing toward a future that is always beckoning, always just beyond us. Beauty is the harvest of presence. ~David Whyte
self-understanding, spaciousness, and clarity…..here in the profundity of simple decay and birth…..forgetting ourselves to know our divine inspirations….
Without access to the sacred dimensions of life, our world can often seem mundane, purposeless, and trivial. In my counseling practice, I often hear people talk about he sense of alienation, depression, hopelessness, and futility that can come from a disconnection with something deeper. The effort it takes to work, survive, and pay the bills can feel meaningless unless we hold our lives in a larger perspective or have some sense of greater purpose that connects with a vaster reality than our own small world. Immersion in the natural world can help us open our eyes to this ever-present mystery and dwell in the sacred wonder of being alive. We can connect with the profound nature of the sun setting i a cloudy sky or the crescent moon rising above distant hills. We can remember to come out of our small, self-preoccupied world and participate in a universe that is ufathomable, beautiful, and pregnant with meaning. To live closer to the sacred bestows on our lives a certain grace and purpose, a meaningful context in which to hold our everyday reality. ~Mark Coleman
Wherever beauty looks,
love is also there.