Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Follow the Beauty


"God is beauty." John O'Donohue

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty." John Keats

Neither of those statements has anything to do with aesthetics or our current ideas of pretty and glamor and perfection.

During an interview with John O'Donohue (here), he mentions briefly how he wonders what would happen if we created a psychology/therapy based in beauty, rather than in problems as our current models tend to be.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this. (As I go searching for my copy of his book, On Beauty...)

It can be as simple as noticing all of the natural beauty around us, but I think it also goes far deeper than that.

Natural beauty is pleasing and, well, pretty, and both O'Donohue and Keats are talking about an inner quality as opposed to those outer qualities.

And what of difficulty and hardship and heartache? Neither of these men are saying that we must shy from, avoid, or downplay those realities in our lives.

Ah. But what of that which is truly ugly to the human heart? War, poverty, abuse, neglect, hatred...

This is what they are talking about.

If we follow the thread of beauty, it is inevitable that those things be weeded from our inner landscape because they are antithetical to the very notion of beauty.

If you follow this thread, what could change in your life?

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