Today’s post is a simple reminder of how much we need beauty in our life. It warms us, nurtures us and sparks our creativity. In his work, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke commends to us the importance of keeping nature close to us. Blaise Pascal reminds us: “During difficult times, always carry something beautiful in your heart.”

These days, when beauty is so needed to soothe our souls, I recommend first of all, looking around you. What do you see that sparks beauty? This afternoon I watched a tiny Downy Woodpecker drink sap from our Mama Maple.

Secondly, listen to music or read something that brings beauty to your imagination. Try John O’Donohue’s book, The Invisible Embrace: Beauty. Here are a few of his words…

“When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of mountains or fields, or listen to the simple, steadying rhythm of waves.”

“The world cannot ruffle the dignity of a soul that dwells in its own tranquility.” (Oh, that is sooo good…)

May you find beauty around you, and within you.

Peace for the journey,

3 thoughts on “Beauty

  1. Hi Andrea,

    I just wanted to check in and say hello. I hope you and your family are avoiding the virus. I have been so far.

    They shut down most of my ministries — assisted-living services and prison services. I am excited that the Contemplative Pause group at Christos is still meeting and the attendees have come a long way to being true contemplatives.

    I tell them about your blog site and they love your posts. Today’s post was exceptional. I am glad we met and I am the recipient of these awesome missives.

    Take care and God bless, Michael

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