Soul Imprints

be beautiful
March 8th, 2016

Soul Imprints

be beautiful

March 8th, 2016

Austere monasteries, crumpled linen, musky ambrette, tumbling pebbles, winding country lanes, cozy fires, and shifting landscapes, through their exquisite individuality and imperfect aesthetics they spell beauty. Countless layers blend in harmony, making them all the more wholesome and appealing. For instance, beauty in a winding country lane is supported by an orchestra—of stacked stone walls, sprightly wildflowers resting on lush grass, and sweeping trees—that come together to evoke well-being and uplift spirits.

This orchestra plays out in a person’s beauty too. Physical beauty—a beautiful face, a healthy body, and an elegant carriage—is immediately visible. Whereas, a deeper beauty can only be experienced in people, who are beautiful from within. Their beauty manifests in the way they look, listen, and engage with the world. It is felt in their strength, wisdom, and thoughtfulness. Each action is in tune with their inner refinement.

When I think of the most beautiful people I have experienced (and a few I know), I can tell they are living beautifully thanks to self-care and other forms of emotional investment. The qualities of self-respect and discipline guide them to harness dignity. There is something more, an appreciation for solitude, a crucial factor that facilitates introspection, and intellectual growth that is vital for creating beautiful thoughts. In the process of thinking beautiful, their actions automatically become beautiful. The warmth, mindfulness, and kindness I have experienced from these individuals are reflections of their undeterred fluidity.

As much as I find beauty in symmetry and balance, high-standards and strength of character, I also find beauty in pain and suffering. To be shown your human capacity to love and give with great devotion and consistency, and to stand taller through failures and setbacks is incredibly beautiful. Oddly enough, as I write this article with two particular people in mind, I know they have endured different forms of suffering. Their beauty to extend kindness, empathize, and participate in life is amplified thanks to this suffering. The natural transference of their beauty makes me feel beautiful.  It swathes me with inspiring and restoring feelings that are oxygen for my soul.

If you are blessed with physical beauty, and also blossom inwardly, becoming more beautiful in the journey of life, know that those with inner ugliness will be hostile towards you. It is no different than defacing beautiful heritage buildings or vandalizing beautiful vintage cars; the uglier a person feels on the inside, the greater he will project that on the world. Never feel guilty or underplay your beauty. Commit to rebuilding repeatedly. Your beauty, like those of others, is a vital force for the survival of the universe.

When you feel beautiful, you develop an expansive sense of self, a deep capacity to feel, and of oneness with nature and the world as a whole. This feeling of belonging is powerful, which in turn makes you feel beautiful. Each breath of your life becomes an expression, and each expression becomes your beautiful stamp.

Be beautiful.

Heera

 

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