An Invitation –Journey of Beauty 02.10.26

Guiding Thought

What is beauty of mind? What is beauty of heart? What is beauty of soul? What is beauty of emotion? How are these the same? How are they different? Are they enacted, or expressed similarly, or differently? How do we discern the nuances of difference between beauty of mind-heart-soul-emotion? Is there a difference, or does all unite in Beauty, as it does in Love or Oneness?

Reflection / Contemplation

My daughter just took her last exam, completing her first year of college. The course was an intermediate level Logic class within the department of Philosophy. She tells me that she is so happy not to have to do any more proofs and sets, all those tasks to prove if something is true or not. But even more important, she told me that for all the tears, complaining, and worry associated with the wondering if she would ever be able to understand and pass this course, she thanked the very Philosophy professor who suggested she take it in the first place. His response was to tell her that she had a beautiful mind. Of course, for philosophers, Beauty of mind is where it is at. And yes, I agree. My daughter does have a beautiful mind.

Since it appears that I am on an education kick here to begin with, I might as well let the metaphor play out. The term, whole person has a big say in our collective conversations these days. The education systems, especially recruitment statements and ads: We teach to the whole child and promote excellence…yada, yada, yada.
Even health care has gotten on to this band wagon of the whole person. Their access point of Beauty is the body itself.

Potent memories from my childhood include exercises –somersaults, back rolls, cart wheels, jumping jacks, backbends and such– and memorizing, poems and prayers. Here’s an even better image: me standing on my head reciting the Preamble to the Constitution (my siblings and I can still recite this passage and others, although we are less confident about the standing on our heads part). My parents were into the whole person (body, heart, mind) even before it became a trendy in the lexicon. It was because of this evening routine, that our family was successful in school and athletics. Interestingly enough though, we all had specific areas where we excelled. Some of us were better athletes and some were more successful at the academics part.

Beauty offers an invitation. There is the hook of course, as in the Beautiful Mind of my daughter. My son who is an artist I think best represents Beauty of Soul. And my husband, well that’s easy. He has Beauty of Heart as he is first to offer support and a lending hand. But then there is the tug. I see the hook, and if it is good and secure, I suppose, and then the other realms of Beauty will easily follow.

My first image of this hook and follow came before I got out of bed this morning. It was a tug like you might make on a spider’s web. Once you tug, the other strands (other types of Beauty) will follow. And then my mind went to strain and possibly the collapse of the web. I ditched that image and came up with lanes of Beauty, much like a freeway, one lane for each type.

We move across lanes in driving, as we do with Beauty. Not only does my daughter have a Beautiful mind, she has a Beautiful heart. I will say the same for my son and husband. They too cross lanes. We all cross lanes in our approach to get some place, as with Beauty, with as much grace as possible.

The folks who play with consciousness say that when we reach pure consciousness the subject and object dissolve. At that point, a collapsed web, or a traffic jam for Beauty, as in Love may not even matter.

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)

And Beauty for All –Journey of Beauty 02.10.25

Guiding Thought

What do we perceive? What do we perceive as beautiful? What is beauty to you? How do you perceive beauty? How do our perceptions differ? How are they similar? What do our perceptions say about us as individuals, as human beings, or as spiritual beings? Can someone change how they perceive beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I am finally getting to an email from a friend who knows I am on this Journey of Beauty. A good two weeks ago, she forwarded an email from an organization, With Liberty, Justice, and Beauty for All. They, too, have started a blog post as to Why Beauty Matters, with the thought that it just may take Beauty to save America (climate, nature, landscapes, green spaces in cities), a riff on a quote from Dostoyevsky, “Beauty will save the world. Wherein, Yvegeny Yevtushenko, the poet, takes it further, “ But who will save beauty?”. Now if this doesn’t address perspective, diversity, and the collective, I don’t know what does.

Today, as in most days, there is simplicity to Beauty which catches my eyes, ears, head, sense of touch, and heart. My eyes are drawn to lines, simple ones, and the kind which Japanese Tea Houses and tea cups offer. Even in music, I am drawn to the purity of one voice. My good friend from college tells me that I aspire to the Zen. I just may not get it in this lifetime even though I make repeated efforts to do so. We get a good laugh out of this one.

I am attending to the landscape of my refrigerator today. My compost bin, sink, kitchen counter, and soon the recycle bin will well attest to this, as I have just completed a purge in the refrigerator. We make our efforts as best we can in service to Beauty. Sometimes it is a public statement. And sometimes it is a private one, which has large implications of its own.

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)