Inner Beauty of Trees –Journey of Beauty 02.10.32

Guiding Thought

What is inner Beauty? How do I recognize it in others? How do I recognize it in myself? How do I cultivate inner beauty, especially when there are questions about what it is and how to recognize it?

Reflection / Contemplation

Inner Beauty, how to recognize it in myself and others is the question of the day. I don’t know about you, but I can probably name only about 5 people whom I can honestly say that they are “plugged in”. They have been teachers or mentors mostly. I get them at their best. They have all the qualities I have been doing my best to identify and express: they shine (authentically), they get me to say that I want more…of that, they stay true to their “isness”. They invite me to stay true to my “isness”.
I must add a tree, or perhaps tree species to this plugged in concept. For a good 10 years, while my husband and I lived in a duplex in the city, we had a walking route that took us by stately homes, and had two separate overlooks, one to the waterfront and city skyline, and the other across the sound to mountains. Of course we would stop and savor the view. But my favorite stopping point was to admire a cluster of trees in a yard that was along our route. I would pause and thank them, honor them for their beauty. They kind of became my trees, these Alaskan Cedars. I even took a picture of them before we moved. And when we make return trips to our old neighborhood, I make sure to stop by those trees which are now much taller.
I have one planted in my yard now. This tree has no doubt about its “isness”, just like the apple trees in my yard, or the blueberry bushes. I am attracted to the ease with which the branches drape, reminding me of a pose in Tai Chi called the Crane. So let me add grace and ease to this concept of inner beauty. Nothing is forced.
Authentic shining, isness, grace, ease. Words to describe inner Beauty, all deriving from my direct experience. This process of articulating what Beauty is and how to recognize it is challenging, but it is also reminding me how available and present it is, so close to home in myself (and in my desires), those I love, those with whom I interact, and in my yard. Close…so close…so close.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

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Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Sovereign Holders of Divine Light –Journey of Beauty 02.10.31

Guiding Thought

How do I act with Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to mundane tasks or actions? Is Beauty created, when I bring Beauty to a project? How do I embody Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

Once a metaphor or image takes hold of me I must take it to the end. Today I have the image of a “Playbook”, the kind used in football, with all the types of blocking, end runs, and the like. My family and close friends will find this rather amusing, since I can no longer watch the game. I am so visually and kinesthetically wired that I can feel every single impact and injury that occurs. Ouch.
I certainly get the drive of competition and for me that originates from my large family where athletic competition was as much of the fabric of our activities as was academic rigor. I also get challenge and risk. I am just not sure how worth it is with a fairly strong guarantee of injury, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). I want kinder forms of contact and softer landings.
I am developing my own “Playbook” for sure with this Beauty Project, or at least collecting my acquired, questions, insights, and I hope wisdom. My dear, dear friend from college and I email each other with great frequency, if not daily, then every couple of days. I would suspect that if you were to peruse our notes, you would find a collaboration of our playbooks: our daily agendas insights, resources, challenges, plans, etc. We even hold each other to task on our stated commitments of interior work. Well, we want each other to have a successful time on the field of life.
Well, here she is again, nudging me. She has been reading my entries and sending her comments directly to me, recognizing many of our idea exchanges and histories. I have, as yet, to use the word “Shine”, but here it is…a little more personal disclosure of how I start my day, or at best, how I want to start my day.
Bottom line…I want singing, happy, shining cells. You know this is more than my just having a healthy body. David Spangler (my incarnational guru at the moment), actually has a playbook, or a series of them (books actually). One of his meditations hit the nail on the head for me and now it is in my playbook, it is called “Self Light”, connecting the light of the Earth and the light of the Sun in our own bodies; we are Sovereign holders of Divine Light. This playbook image has everything to do with where and how to shine and with right kind of luminosity. If that isn’t Beauty, then I don’t know what is.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Contradictions and a Middle Way–Journey of Beauty 02.10.30

Guiding Thought

Nature is beauty, beauty is nature. Nature brings me to inner beauty, to True Beauty, to Beauty of All. Nature is Peace, Interconnectedness, and awe-inspiring. I exist within and alongside this expansive, earth and all her creatures, at One with All of Life!

Reflection / Contemplation

The Prophet in me is clearly worked up about the state of nature these days with climate change, our government’s attempts at deregulation of environmental safeguards pertaining to industry. Hello, is anybody home? We all live on this planet! We are connected! We have to get busy about all this before it is too late.
The part of me that operates out of Ease aligns with Vedic Literature (Hindu Scriptures) which informs me/us that there a multiple Universes and cycles upon cycles of time. I had a potent image arise from a meditation a few years ago that speaks to this: It is dark, and I am walking on a path towards light and sounds of a party. People are singing and dancing around the fire. I am invited in to this event. All throughout the dancing, people are taking the coals and throwing them up into the sky, creating universes and galaxies…and I get to be a part of it all…Creation. What a party!
I ended yesterday’s writing that True Beauty can handle the contradictions and these two prior paragraphs are contradictions indeed and they both live rather large in me, as if you can’t tell.
But I am here and I am here now and have to deal with what is on my plate as best I can. My middle way right now is through Incarnational Spirituality and the work of David Spangler, a big mover and shaker in the practices of “Subtle Activism”. His work offers specifics for the kind of entry and appropriate boundaries for the work of being here on this planet, and connected with Nature, of course.
It is when I am faithful to this work, that I can hold both of these realities in the palm of each hand. Ah, the Infinity symbol just showed up, and Beauty is dab smack in the center.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)