Beauty is a powerful source of resilience and a refuge.
Move # 3 — Discovering Beauty
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Beauty is a powerful source of resilience and a refuge. There is no special technique except as the Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindel-Rast teaches to “Stop, Look, Go!” That’s it! When we simply open our hearts and minds to discovering Beauty whenever it appears in our ordinary life, and take this moment of gratitude, resilience deepens. I have a friend who was the primary caregiver for his wife. She was declining rapidly from Alzheimer’s. When I spoke with him, he was despairing and close to burning out. Then his daughter moved back home and everything changed. He cherished the small moments of respite that gave him time and space for himself. He told me he began to discover beauty in little mundane things he had always taken for granted–like mowing the lawn or looking at products in the supermarket. Imagine selecting a detergent as an opportunity to discover Beauty! He was grateful again for his life. The new frontier of neuroaesthetics is exploring the scientific dimensions of how Beauty contributes to resilience, joy, and healing of brain and heart.
- Author Finds Resilience, Love And ‘Beauty In The Broken Places’
- Neuroaesthetics—Art Therapy’s Other Name
- Art Enhances Brain Function and Well-Being
- Neuroesthetics – Wikipedia