This is a re-post from +BEAUTY begets GRATITUDE


Each one of us experiences beauty individually. We share our experience uniquely. Some of us share in silence, some use logic, some emotion, some order, some words, some science, some art, some construct, some spirituality, some work, some friendship, some duty, some music, some constancy, some dance and so on in an endless list. The common thread is a too-full sense of gratitude that overflows to bless all around us. It's that feeling of happiness that demands us to smile at everyone and everything. It claims all is beautiful.

Have you ever seen an Atheist and a Theist or any other dissimilar pair, enraptured by beauty and willing to interrupt their bliss to use that shared beauty as a weapon to attack one another for their differing viewpoints? In that moment they are united. They are at peace. They are embraced by beauty that is more dear in that moment than personhood.

The power of beauty to stir gratitude in every heart

Beauty bars complaint. Beauty inspires gratitude. Gratitude is unbridled. Gratitude blesses impersonally as the rain.

The power of beauty to stir gratitude in every heart, without exception, became clear to me as I watched two Ted Talks by Louie Schwartzberg. His time lapse photography thrills all, regardless of what persons believe or know. It draws everyone together under one umbrella, free of angst.

...an Aha! Eureka! moment

It was an Aha! Eureka! moment. What I saw was exactly what I had been seeking. I saw that we have been trying to capture and proliferate PEACE without understanding or recognizing it. I saw that BEAUTY has been quietly, continuously and effectively working to that peaceful end without notice or applause. Until now, that is.

Beauty tears down the walls that finity keeps building to separate us into groups according to art, science, theology, physical characteristics, status and you name it, all inside our shared home.

...it is not music, but beauty, the soul of music, that unites

People often say that music unites. But just maybe it is not music, but beauty, the soul of music, that unites. Music verifies that soul is truly the home or seat of beauty, but soul is not limited to music. Soul has many homes for beauty. Homes are found within every element of the universe. And in each soul-centered home, beauty begets unbounded gratitude. And gratitude impels outward action that blesses. One writer, I read, Mary BakerEddy, describes home as the dearest spot on earth, and it should bethe centre, though not the boundary, of the affections.

Is it nature or beauty in nature...

At TEDxSF, Louie Schwartzberg almost posed this question:
Is it nature or beauty in nature that captivates us?

Here is my answer:
It is beauty. It is Beauty, in and of itself, that captivates and reduces us to a state of gratitude that impels us to extend a blessing to all around us. Filled with Gratitude, we bless with a smile, a look, a touch, our presence.

And so now you can see, it is that we, ourselves, who happily fulfill beauty's promise that today "will really be a good day."

Let each of us open our eyes to see enough beauty to fill us with gratitude for a good day, today,

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The following quotes are the ones that spoke most strongly to me while watching the TedxSF showing of Happiness Revealed by Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg:
Nature's beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.

When you explore, you get more imagination than you already had. … When you get more imagination, it makes you want to go deeper in so you can get more and see 'beautifuller' things

Elderly man:
You think this is just another day in your life. It's not just another day. Its the one day that is given to you. Today. It's given to you. It's a gift – it's the only gift you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes that you can open.
So I wish you open your heart to all theses blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone you meet this day will be blessed by you. Just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
Then it will really be a good day.

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"BEAUTY begets GRATITUDE" is an invited post from +BEAUTY begets GRATITUDE
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Other:   Mary Baker Eddy


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