Look for the beauty

We will never achieve inner beauty if we fail to see the beauty in other things. It’s very easy when we’re busy not to see the world in all its perfection.

We spend too much time living in our heads and not enough time soaking in the atmosphere of nature and the world around us: and in doing so we will fail to look at and connect with the little things; the things that contribute positively to our lives and allow us to see the bigger picture.

We should resonate with our consciousness and take the time to look for and see the beauty in our surroundings. When we choose to look insightfully and carefully at an object, a landscape, a structure, there will always be beauty we can appreciate.

Although I have difficulty walking long distances, I do like to take notice of the things around me when I am out on a walk.

Why don’t we always see the  beauty?

When we form expectations, or live with preconceived ideas, we’ve already restricted our thoughts on the world around us. We’ve already reduced what we see to very little.

There is so much to see, and yet we ignore the things that can make us more settled and complete. The next time you’re out, think about and look at what’s around you, connect with your world. If you’re going out for a walk notice the flowers, the colours, the contours, the smells and the sounds.

I love to walk around the lake at my local park, take in the scenery; look at the ducks, notice their beaks, the reflection of the sunlight against the water and the shape of the leaves on the trees, and the sounds.

If you’re near some woods take a look at the trees, look at the intricate detail of how the leaves are formed, and their different colours: things you wouldn’t necessarily think to look at. The more we practise and make this part of our daily routine, the more we’ll notice things without us having to think.

And by seeing what is beautiful we will have a sense of appreciation, peace and gratitude, not to mention empathy, compassion and tolerance. Those are the things we miss out on if we don’t tap into our consciousness.

It’s all about becoming aware, embracing the simple things, noticing and seeing the beauty in those things. It is important we look for the beauty in everything that touches our lives.

Being beautiful inside and out

Being beautiful isn’t just about a beautiful face, or a beautiful body, or what’s in the eye of the beholder. Beauty comes from the mind; beauty is etched on our souls, and reveals itself in our actions toward others. Be beautiful.

Below are some ways you can work on being beautiful from the inside out:

  • Be grateful for what you have, rather than what you’d like to have;
  • Learn to accept what you have and your life in its entirety;
  • Keep your thoughts grounded;
  • Accept your lessons, they are there to help you grow;
  • Find time to sit and concentrate on yourself so that you can regroup your thoughts;
  • Learn to see the good in everyone;
  • Practice compassion, empathy, tolerance and patience;
  • Learn to meditate;
  • Don’t judge, pass an opinion, or be critical of others just because you’re hurting;
  • Learn to accept your flaws;
  • Stop being angry, bitter or malicious towards someone else.

Being beautiful inside and out and being happy with ourselves, will allow us to focus on others more positively. Learn to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and then ask yourself, if the way you’re treating others, is the way you would want others to treat you.

10 Aug, 2016

4 thoughts on “Look for the beauty

  1. Yes, I think they call that something like ‘take the time to smell the roses.’ I have actually been trying to do that especially with a very large bush in front of our house that has seemed to beautifully bloom this year.

    I may have missed it over the years, but I don’t remember it exploding with flowers the way it did this year and what a great smell! It’s pretty amazing when you look out and even see hummingbirds, which are so hard to see most of the time.

    It’s funny and also kind of sad, since I live in a state where people pay tons of money just to come here to see the scenery and I tend to take it for granted.

    Even with my agoraphobia, the reality is that I don’t have to go very far to see a lot of beautiful things. Now if I can just remember that it’s okay to go out to enjoy the sights that would be great!

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, perhaps you’ve never seen the flowers bloom as they’re blooming now because you weren’t in that place and weren’t ready to see the flowers bloom. Unless we’re ready to see, look and embrace the flowers, we generally don’t see what’s literally staring us in the face.

      It’s taken me a lot of years to quantify my life in that way. When we become happier in ourselves, we learn to live our lives with needing very little. Emotionally, we learn to adapt into a life that is a lot more simple, less complicated.

      We get to see the beauty in everyone and everything even if those don’t see the beauty in themselves. Unfortunately though, this can create conflict, when we’re not amongst like minded individuals who don’t think and see the same as you.

  2. It is true, perhaps uniquely true, that the line between human beings and nature is lost in modern civilization. We thought when technology improved we would get better, but that’s obviously not the case.

    Perhaps our society should move with great haste for the greater good to re-define beauty and purpose, our children’s lives depend on it.

    1. Thanks Tim. Your last paragraph defines your response beautifully. Yes, never having grown up around technology, I never formed an opinion on how our children’s lives would go with all the technology they have today; but I very much see your point and agree with you.

      Although technology has changed our children’s thinking, I do think children were already changed. I think the world you and I grew up in, isn’t the world today’s children are growing up in. Our parents and grandparents’ values were so different.

      Now, we often have to fight to find a place in our children’s lives. With so many outside influences going on, they have more than their fair share of outside influences to deal with and that changes the way they see the world and other people.

      I still believe though as long as our disciplines include beauty and purpose, our children will always go back to it.

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