Beauty

Posted on Posted in Journal, Journal & Musings, Spirituality

The universe is fundamentally a beautiful place. There is beauty in absolutely everything – clouds chasing one another on a stormy morning. Blades of grass rippling in the wind. Seagulls gliding in the air. Early autumn light in foliage. Bumblebees being busy on a flower. Beauty is the fabric that connects us to the universe we live in.

It is often all too easy to not see that beauty – in the madness of the rat race, our minds are preoccupied with memories and regrets of the past, anxieties about the future; with worries, anger, stress, fear and sadness. In such madness, moments of beauty are lost. The great tragedies of modern life are of a very mundane nature – that butterfly being ignored. The sunlight on the clouds not noticed. The warm wind on our face not felt.

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The great tragedy is that we have forgotten the beauty of everything around us, and the joy it brings. Every moment when beauty is not seen, is a wasted moment; that waste builds up inside of us, and buries what is our natural state of being – happiness.

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So this morning I woke up, and it was a particularly beautiful morning; I step out of my camper, and I stand right by the sea, and I watch the clouds and the ocean, and feel the wind. Today I am deeply grateful for this life I live now – I am free, I witness the beauty of this universe, and I have the time to pursue the spiritual path. I think very few people are this lucky – it is a great privilege, a great opportunity.

Aditthāna – strong determination.

I shall not forego this opportunity.

 

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