I recently read a message that said, “Spirit is Beauty manifest in the world, evoking in us that Truth about ourselves. “ Isn’t that why we are so moved by a beautiful winter morning after a fresh snow fall? Isn’t that why magnificent views of nature bring us such peace? The beauty and stillness resonate so very deeply within our being, waking us, restoring us, nurturing us and sustaining that Truth of who we are.
We often take vacations to grant ourselves opportunities with nature and the peacefulness evoked by the extraordinary beauty. In our rushed, busy days, we seldom allow ourselves time or opportunity to simply look up from our routines to take in the splendor of a view, or flowers, or the perfect synchronization of a musical piece, or letting ourselves be so stilled that we soak in the essence of another person.
I received such a special Thanksgiving message from a long-distance friend who wrote, “I feel so thankful to have the beauty of your soul and your spirit in my life.” I was so honored with these words. How precious it is to acknowledge the treasure we hold in our friendships. How valuable it is to be with that inner stillness, to connect to the thoughts and emotions with which to express the depth of our appreciation for the people in our lives.
We find our days so complicated that any communication beyond a greeting or benign chatter rarely exists. How can we truly connect with another? How can we remind ourselves to quiet our mind and mouth long enough to really allow a loved one to not only express themselves, but to then acknowledge what they have expressed, letting them know they were heard?
During this holiday of giving, what Gift could be more cherished than to genuinely reflect another’s beauty back to them, as if holding up a mirror to them and letting your respect and affection for them transcend mere words. Making eye contact, holding a hand, giving a heartfelt hug, or sharing a remembrance reaches beyond that which can be bought and wrapped. Acknowledging to another that which expresses, “You have revealed the essence of who you are—your Truth, your Beauty, –and I recognize and honor that about you. In my heart, this is how I have come to know you. This is why you are special to me.”
That which you give, you receive. When you help another see their true essence, their true Truth and Beauty, yours is revealed to you as well.
Wishing you a season of perfect health, the wealth of friends and love, –and a well-lit path for your continued journey.
- “They Have Forgotten Who They Are”
- Open to the Wonder, The Gifts of People and Open Hearts