Beauty

: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
 
: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
 
: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance
 
: BOTTOM [? Still perplexed by this definition?]

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Beauty(n.):  14thcentury, Middle English beaute, bealte, borrowed from Anglo-French, from bel, beau beautiful, good-looking” (going back to Latin bellus) + -te-ty, more at BEAU.

Beau: 1653, borrowed from French, from beau, bel (masculine), belle (feminine) “beautiful, good-looking,” going back to Old French bel, going back to Latin bellus, probably going back (via duellos, assimilated from dunelos) to dwenelos, diminutive of dwe-nos good” (whence Old Latin duenos, Latin bonus) – more at BOUNTY.

Bounty: 13thcentury, Middle English bountegoodness,” from Anglo-French bunté, bountee, from Latin bonitat-,bonitas, from bonus good,” from Old Latin duenos: akin to Sanskrit diva reverence, favor.”

 

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Wisdom

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” 

Leo Tolstoy (born Lev Nikolayevich, Graf Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian author, master of realistic fiction, one of the world’s greatest novelist, and renown as a moral and religious teacher; his doctrine of nonresistance to evil had an important influence on Gandhi)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Leo-Tolstoy

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” 

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004, psychiatrist, journalist, wrote the book, “On Death and Dying,” which outlined the five stages that terminally ill patients experience)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/scientist/elisabeth-kubler-ross

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn 
Should never crave the rose.” 

Anne Bronte (1820-1849, pseudonym Acton Bell, poet and novelist, sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and “Agnes Grey” and “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Anne-Bronte

“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”

Markus Zusak (born, 1975, Australian writer, best known for international bestsellers, “The Book Thief” and “I am the Messenger”)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_Zusak

“A girl [boy] should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French fashion designer, who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades, by abandoning petticoats and corsets, and creating classic like the Chanel suite and “the black dress”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Coco-Chanel

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, humanitarian, diplomat, activist, political leader, and wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served as president from 1933-1945)

Bio Source:

www.history.com/topics/first-ladies/eleanor-roosevelt

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924, American playwright and author, best known for “The Secret Garden” and “Little Lord Fauntleroy”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Frances-Hodgson-Burnett

Meditation

 

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn 
Should never crave the rose.”  – Anne Bronte
 
Creating beauty is not about being safe or appearing perfect.  Yes!  It’s about having an appreciation for excellence, for sure.  But mostly, it’s about taking risks, big and small.  And sometimes, it’s about being messy and calling out the ugly missteps of ourselves and others. 
 
When life is filled with grit, life is lit with meaning and imagination.
 
That’s a soulful life. 
 
It’s also a brave life, filled with curiosity and purpose, wonder, awe, and also the feelings of challenge, loss, and anger.  On any given day, we can experience a range emotions.  When we can express them at appropriate times, positive psychologists would call this “emodiversity.”
 
Diversity is rich, on so many levels, as is the case with biodiversity in nature!
 
So…I am a geek at heart, and read several books at a time, depending on my mood and what book is calling me. 
 
One of those books is one written by spiritual leader, author, and teacher Matthew Fox, entitled, Creativity.  Fox strongly suggests that we all are artists, and that it takes courage, imagination, and love to create art and beauty.  Fox writes:
 
The universe brings with it great joys and great sorrows.  Deep heart experiences, such as joy, delight, and ecstasy, on the other hand, and grief, sadness, and loss, on the other hand, trigger creativity in us.  The mystics called these experiences the via positive (the joy) and the via negative (the suffering) … They are integral of all our living—provided we choose to live deeply from inside out…
 The thirteenth-century mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg taught that we are given two wines to drink in this life: the white wine of joy and the red wine of suffering. “Until we have drunk deeply of both,” she observed, “we have not lived fully.”
 
The lotus flower is a huge paradoxical symbol that drinks the two wines.  It nurtures itself while drilling deep into muck and mud of the waters, tenaciously growing in beauty and color.  Like the rose, it risks its pain while thriving in beauty.  Nature has so much to teach us about the essential nature of soul, the universe, and the world.  
 
Beauty, like creativity, are radical, counter-cultural, and revolutionary acts of love, compassion, and generosity!
 
What beautiful gifts do you desire to co-create and share?
 
Stay strong and vibrant, sojourners!
 
Namaste, Tonya  
 
 
 

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