“Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we can focus on. What we forget is that God’s love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.”
Matthias, Correction Weblog, 11-01-03
Today let’s take some time to look up, down and all around for God’s beauty. God’s beauty resides in the flowers, the smiles of others, a painting, a photograph, and the things we create that bring beauty and love into our lives.
Today’s let’s allow our lives to be penetrated by beauty by using all of our senses.
Add color to your space. There are colors that calm (blues and muted dusty shades of other colors) and colors that energize (yellows and reds). Which do you need right now more energy or an increased sense of peace?
Organize a apace in your home or office that clears out distraction and brings in a sense of peace and calm while displaying the beautiful things in your environment.
View a motivating image, phrase, word or quote. Each of these blog posts has a motivating image, if one of the posts particularly inspires you please print the image and carry it with you. If mountains and nature inspire, please find an image or photo to hang on your wall. If there is a word, quote or phrase that ushers you into a contemplate state, write it or print it on a card and carry it with you.
Play music. A beautiful piece of music can transport you into a new state. Reggae music can mentally back to the white sand beaches and snorkeling of your last vacation. A song from your past can take you back to a time when life seemed easier.
Listen to children at play. The creativity, ingenuity, fantasy, and just simple fun heard from children at play can be a beautiful thing. The laugher of a child is so often contagious even when you do not know what they are laughing about.
Link sounds to your pleasure activities. My meditation is always when I am gardening, so the chorus of lawnmowers in the spring ignites passion within me. The sounds of water bring beauty and relaxation to many. Even the sound of a summer rain on the leaves of trees evokes an image of beauty and peace for many.
Flowers. The peppery floral scent of Stargazer Lilies is a smell that makes me stop and breathe in. Flowers add color, nature and scent to our environments. Bring cut flowers into your home or office or plant some outside for more sustainable beauty.
Candles. Aromatherapy is a growing industry, if you do not want to spent much time in a candle shop choosing just the right fragrance for you start with vanilla. The scent of vanilla is linked to the increase of endorphin production (the feel good chemical in the brain), bring a candle into your space and allow the scent and light enhance the beauty around you.
Cook or bake. I think we all have kitchen smells what transport us to another place and time. I love the smell of banana bread baking. For you perhaps you more enjoy the savory smell of a lasagna in the over or even a bbq. What smell makes you smile?
Beverage. Coffee, tea, fine wine, or a complex porter can trigger pleasure sensors in our brain. Serve it up in aesthetically appealing beverage-ware, create an image in the espresso foam, or enjoy it with a friend to bring in the beauty aspect.
Food. The beauty of fresh produce, a well baked dish of pasta, or anything loving prepared as an expression of care and compassion truly bring beauty into our lives. Instead of just eating your next meal, prepare it or have it prepared in a beautiful manner.
Chocolate. Dark chocolate is known to contain chemicals that enhance the production of endorphins in the brain. Just a small piece is all it takes. Stop by your locate chocolate shop for one beautiful piece of endorphin enhancing chocolate.
Snuggle up in Something Soft. A sweater, blanket, new sheets; today bless yourself by surrounding yourself in a fresh fabric that is both beautiful and brings pleasure to your sense of touch. While you are at it, throw out, recycle or pass along those things that do not bring about pleasurable touch to you (i.e, those sheets that are pilling, that sweater that feels scratchy, or those shoes that pinch your toes).
Snuggle up with Someone Affectionate. If physical touch and affection is your thing and you have someone in your life that you snuggle with set aside time tonight to be together. Stop the clock, let the chores go, press pause on all the “stuff” and spend time connecting.
Bodywork. Allowing others to care for our bodies (i.e. hairdresser, massage therapist, manicurist, etc.) bring beauty and comfort into our lives. Make an appointment to take special care of your body today.
Today allow the beauty of the world into your life. Be blessed by one or all of your senses today. Or pick a sense today and a different one tomorrow. Perhaps isolating the sensory impact each day will provide you insight into which has a greater impact on your ability to bounce back during difficult times.
How will you invite God’s beauty into your life today?