RSS Move 3 – Discovering Beauty

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    And by submitting to those journals, I was able to place myself in the aesthetic, political, and literary conversations going on ... revealing a sort of ars poetica moment of focus on the nature of ...
  • Love hangs in toilet of Te Awamutu's The Regent theatre November 15, 2019
    Where Berenice Bejo should be stands a much younger beauty, nine years Bejo's junior ... we shall forever more be part of the furniture. An aesthetic treat for those of the fairer sex answering calls ...
  • Choti Sardarni garners Huge Fanbase with Cast & Story November 14, 2019
    Her non-fearing nature evokes the sense of women empowerment ... Ayesha is an English graduate with an aesthetic eye. Her fascination lies in sports, fashion and beauty. Also, she does not shy away ...
  • The 25 Greatest Emo Albums Ever November 11, 2019
    Understanding In A Car Crash and Paris In Flames brim with a savage beauty that cuts deep into your heart and soul ... Vocalist Hayley Williams has since expressed regret about the earnest nature of ...
  • 3 Medtech Companies to Watch November 11, 2019
    This is, from a high level a global aesthetic company, one that's been on the public ... People are going to these, these are optional treatments. The cash-pay nature of them, and the growing demand ...
  • VSCO Girls Are Just Banal Victorian Archetypes November 4, 2019
    In 2010, washed-out images of skinny and ethereal white women became the internet’s newest favorite aesthetic. On Tumblr ... Egirls seem cutting edge and VSCO girls like modern-day hippie nature lover ...

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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.


Next: Move # 4 – Connecting to Nature

  1. Excerpts from the Explorers Wheel

    Our primary connection to Beauty has been through Nature, and our sense of awe and wonder is likely unchanged since the dawn of our species. Indigenous peoples retain this living, immediate connection with Beauty. The Navajo, for example, have a special ceremony called the “Beauty Way,” which is designed to restore balance and harmony by reestablishing the link to the Natural World.

    With dew about my feet may I walk
    With beauty before me may I walk
    With beauty behind me may I walk
    With beauty above me may I walk
    In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
    In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
    It is finished in beauty
    It is finished in beauty.

    The naturalist, John Muir, expressed it this way:

    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”(1901)

  2. Socrates’ Prayer:

    Beloved Pan, and all ye other gods who haunt this place,
    Grant me the beauty of the inward spirit
    And may the outer and inner man be as one.
    5th century BC
    (translated by Gisela Kahn Gresser)

  3. Julian, this is a poem by Mary Oliver that speaks directly to noticing beauty in everyday things. Rev. Laura Mancuso
    I see or hear
    that more or less
    kills me
    with delight,
    that leaves me
    like a needle
    in the haystack
    of light.
    It was what I was born for —
    to look, to listen,
    to lose myself
    inside this soft world —
    to instruct myself
    over and over
    in joy,
    and acclamation.
    Nor am I talking
    about the exceptional,
    the fearful, the dreadful,
    the very extravagant —
    but of the ordinary,
    the common, the very drab,
    the daily presentations.
    Oh, good scholar,
    I say to myself,
    how can you help
    but grow wise
    with such teachings
    as these —
    the untrimmable light
    of the world,
    the ocean’s shine,
    the prayers that are made
    out of grass?
    “Mindful” by Mary Oliver from Why I Wake Early. © Beacon Press, 2005.

    (With appreciation to Rev. Laura L. Mancuso, MS, CRC
    Spiritual Life Program Leader, Vista Del Monte Retirement Community)

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