Beauty….is in the eye of the Beholder
09 September 2013
Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
[It is only with the heart that one can see; what is essential is invisible to the eye.] image by cat de rham
Beauty truly makes an impact when it shines from within and through the eyes which are said to be the window to the soul…
I believe to feel truly beautiful in our essence is to hold happiness in our hearts, and that happiness ultimately stems from feeling balanced and at peace within. In order to nourish, nurture and maintain this inner aspect from my experience takes a daily discipline. A focus on the mind, body, spirit balance is an extremely personal journey so I simply share an abbreviated outline of mine. As a designer, I took a mood board and wrote down all the traits that I would like to focus on moving forward and then thought about how I personally wished to nurture and maintain these as well as the delicate and often all elusive Life balance…whether through a focus on creativity, work, interests and causes close to my heart for the mind; exercise, yoga, acupuncture, nutrition for the body and spending time in nature, meditation, celebrating Life, Love and Laughter with loved ones or anything that makes my heart smile for the spirit! I believe this inner balance is a powerful tool with which to better deal with the challenges in life; that the same situation looked at calmly from different perspectives is a wisdom to be learned and that to look at what we have rather than what we don't have is a gift that enables us to recognise and truly appreciate the blessings in our lives...
Beauty comes in many guises: Life itself can be beautiful and yet so harsh with challenges and pain and heartache that somehow we must learn to overcome with grace in order to embrace life fully from a positive perspective. My sister has severe disabilities from a motorbike accident many years ago and yet her courage, inner strength, positive spirit is not only inspirational but also shines through as beauty in the face of adversity.
Let ‘s all try to lead bold lives, make a difference when we touch the lives of others and give back where we can as these are elements I believe behold true beauty, an ideal towards which each and every one of us can aspire. Thoughts? x apsara