In the spiritual community we talk frequently about love, peace, forgiveness and even prosperity but rarely about beauty.
Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder but we all seek to behold beauty. We love to gaze on the face of someone we find seductive, we breathe in the majesty of clean open mountain vistas and we seek to be in the presence of attractive people. You arrange your desk, your home, your furnishings even all in a way you find appealing – this is all our search for beauty.
When I am at home and when I am away I try to seek out beauty. Beauty can be the smile of a blind man,it can be the most radiant red saree worn just so, it can be a child who reaches for your hand as you pass by, it can even be a mangy dog running free. Beauty is all around us – we only need the eyes and heart to see it.
Recently on a stop over in London, my friend Michael took me to the Columbia Flower Market. I thought I was in heaven. I love flowers and so do a thousand other people clearly. It was amazing to see all the wonderful flowers for only a few pounds but even more wonderful to see the streets literally packed with people seeking to purchase these items of beauty. This experience reminded me that we are all seeking beauty in our lives. Flowers are an easy way to remember the power of creation and the joy of a beautiful world. See the video from the market along with the comical flower seller who will make you smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3jNXwMAADk
I have a friend James who is one of those super creative people who naturally see and creates beauty. He is a designer of space and material. He can transform a department store into a theatre all by the trick of the eye. I so admire this skill – the ability to see and work so creatively. He has a genius in seeing the beauty of what is NOT yet created. My husband Ian has this skill too. He took a raw space and turned it into the Ajax studio. I saw a raw space and had heart palpitations.
In the meantime I seek to at least see the beauty of what is in the world. I invite you to do the same.
Ask your self:
- Did I seek to add beauty to the world today? It could be picking up a piece of garbage, adding flowers to your desk or offering your smile.
- Did I seek to see beauty in the world? Open up your heart and close off the judgement. We often have very conditioned ideas of beauty – can you see beauty in the dirty, the destitute and even those you hate?
- Can I see my own beauty? I once had to complete a list of all the things I found beautiful about myself. This was challenging at first but once completed I felt a new appreciation for myself. Give it a try. Gosh darn it we are beautiful!
Many blessings and namaste,
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A celebrated transformational leader and a leading pioneer in embodied spirituality and Yoga, Shasta has inspired hundreds of people through her breakthrough methods for awakening and empowering your inner voice and divine power. Director, founder and senior teacher with Balanced Life Yoga, she delivers public talks, seminars and trainings on evolution and empowerment. She draws on a wide variety of techniques including Yoga, Shamanism, meditation, energy healing, coaching and the Law of Attraction. She is especially appreciated for her passionate way of allowing individuals to make sense of their world and embodied, holistic means to become the change they wish to see.
As early as in her teenage years, Shasta embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer which led her to India, where she studied yoga, meditation and energy healing. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and she has undergone thousands of hour’s intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. Shasta has taken every opportunity to become adept in her field through her own practice as well as through extensive training in Yoga, group dynamics, meditation and spiritual counseling.