Dwell on beauty

Looking back at my favourite photos, it is clear that I appreciate images of nature and of people I love.  Just sitting with these images fills me and makes me feel lighter.  

Absorbing this beauty is especially helpful for me during times of sorrow and loss, or times of challenge, of which there have been many recently.   It does not mean I am neglecting suffering or injustice, but rather that I am absorbing that which makes my heart expand to better live with what is. 

Rand Nature Centre, Freeport, Bahamas

I like to add to this practice, by seeing the beauty in every face, in a poem, a question, the chill of winter or in last breaths.  I often think of a practice I learned years ago, as taught by the Buddhist monk Thich Nat Hanh.  He suggested looking at a face (any face, I was on a plane, when I first practiced this), and saying to yourself, ‘hello, I see you, your suffering, and I see your beauty”.  This process connects me to the humanity in everyone in a deeply meaningful way.  

Near White Fox, Saskatchewan

Today I am sharing the beauty of a few of my images of trees & skies and on a few words about beauty.

Freeport, Bahamas
Let the beauty you love, be what you do.  
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.  
Rumi
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. 
Anne Frank
Dwell on the beauty of life.  
Watch the stars and see yourself running with them. 
Marcus Aurelius.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. 
Confucius

For more on the topic of beauty, check out Beauty Under the Saskatchewan Sky, ABC: Abundance, Beauty, Community and Many Strong & Beautiful Women

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