The Commitment to Experience Beauty
A commitment to myself that naturally unfolded throughout the years, one of my highest priorities of self-care, is to actively surround myself with beauty.
You could label it a Tantric practice if you will; to be in active worship to the beauty of life - the Shakti - simply by seeking out to witness her deeply with undivided awareness - as Shiva.
I always seek out beautiful areas to live, a beautiful house or room, beautiful hikes, beaches, forests, beautiful places to shop for my food, beautiful social interactions, beautiful materials.
I pause when I see something beautiful like a flower, try to spend extra time in places and with people that radiate beauty and heart energy.
And if I don’t find something beautiful within my budget I will simply keep looking until I find something.
And I will actively limit my time around all that does not radiate beauty or is filled with heart energy.
Beauty, Shakti, the great She, the goddess, the Sundari, has a medicine to offer us.
She can cure states of dullness and depression, and transform them into vibrant aliveness - sometimes in an instant.
Yet we have to take a step towards her, help create her, and give her our awareness, for otherwise she can’t reveal herself and we will miss out on her completely.
Only we can take the car to nature and walk our feet into the forest, only we can gaze at a sunset with a meditative mind, and only we can decorate our walls with art and our gardens with flowers.
And through these simple acts of devotion, she will quickly respond, and divinize all aspects of our consciousness.
Until we soon find ourselves living in awe and wonder.
And remember that is actually already heaven here on earth.