‘While doing a workshop on the mystical journey according to Meister Eckhart — a woman told me the following story ‘I told my Psychiatrist this week that I thought I might be a mystic. Her response was : ‘You probably have epilepsy. Take the chemical tests over the weekend, and we will discuss it next week’.
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
— William Butler Yeats
“So perhaps change is less about fixing a broken world and more about uncovering hidden wholeness in all events, all organizations and all people and remembering our personal power to make a difference. This old story has greatly changed the way that I am a physician and also a teacher. It has given me new eyes. Everyone and everything has in it a seed of a greater wholeness, a dream of possibility. Perhaps what I once saw as ‘broken’ or ‘lacking’ might just as easily be seen as the growing edge of things … a place to be valued and nurtured in our patients, our students and in ourselves.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen
Beauty lives as much in how we live and love as in the physical world. It lives in ideas, it lives in what we create and how we think and act in the world. Beauty comes in many forms. We need it to feed our souls on a daily basis. In its absence, we suffer.
Does our culture encourage beauty? I’m afraid not. It encourages survival abilities because it views life as a giant competition. It’s hardly noticed how unnecessarily ugly that makes our lives and how it sets us up to nurse a secret hunger that never quite gets answered.
I think we need to recognize and name that hunger so we can bring it out of the darkness we have kept it in.
My chasing after beauty started early, but it was of course childish and superficial because of my immaturity. Over time my pursuit evolved and continues to evolve. The things that have beauty for me run the gamut from language, ideas and things ephemeral, to visual beauty in all its forms. Acts of kindness are…