Tag Archives: beauty

Seeing | The Beauty

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” These words from Plato may be one of the most quoted phrases ever. It has morphed more commonly into, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Either way, we all know its meaning. One person’s idea of beauty may differ widely from another person. We look, judge, categorize and label everything around us.

Perhaps we all see everything through a pinhole lens. My Hart Haiku post Beauty Defined | How We See delves into the attributes we immediately assign to that which we find beautiful or ugly. One of our challenges is to broaden our perspective; it makes for a richer life experience.

Startlingly, I realized during my travels that I DO have an unconscious rating system for landscapes. That’s right, the scenery I see around me. You see, I’m an artist of landscapes. A certain picture of “beautiful” has evolved in me for many years.

How did that change? I began to travel. I removed myself from seeing the same old view, over and over again. Particularly a little dirt road in Australia taught me about seeing beauty in a broader way. The full story at my Susan L Hart post: Seeing Beauty in Australia

Beauty beholder,
open your eyes wide, look deep.
It’s everywhere.

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Photo courtesy Taryn Elliott, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each person is worth the value put on them by the affection of others, and that is where popular wisdom has found that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~ Machado de Assis

“Beauty begins in the eyes of the beholder; Reality ends in the mind of the observer.” ~ Joey Lawsin

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Most of my beholders are blind.” ~ Basith

“The beauty of life is in the eye of the beholder. Open your minds eye and see the true beauty of life. Rid yourself of the negative, and rejoice in love and consciousness.” ~ Kenneth G. Ortiz

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Seeing | The Beauty © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Be Kind | Heal the World

Be kind.

Each drop of kindness is a spark of light we contribute to humanity. It ripples ever outward, with healing grace. Kindness is a simple, small act of love. It shows we care about the world around us. It gets us out of “me”, into “what can I do for others?”

It does not have to be costly in terms of time or money. It can be as simple as a smile, a compliment, a few random words of encouragement. But it likely means more to the receiver than we might imagine. In a nutshell, it shows them that there are still people “out there” who care.

Kindness + caring = a happier world. “Service to self “and “service to others” seem to be increasingly divergent paths in the world right now. Which path will we each follow? Perhaps a healthy balance between the two is in order…

So, don’t forget to be kind to yourself too.

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Photos courtesy Edu Carvalho and it’s me neosiam, Pexels

Inspirational Quotes:

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ~ Henry James

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato

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Kind | Show you care © Susan L Hart 2019

Sun-kissed | Gratitude

Gratitude for that which nourishes us

Gratitude is an amplifier for abundance. When we take a few moments in our day to say “thank you” here and there, life starts to feel better. We become more consciously aware of the good. We feel blessed. And, there’s another big bonus. Metaphysically speaking, the universe also responds to our gratitude by sending us more.

Heaven knows, the media is always there to remind us of the bad or troubling. We have a responsibility to ourselves to fill our minds and souls with the good stuff. Balance keeps us healthy. So, next time time you step outside into sunlight, stop for just a moment and practice this. Close your eyes, tip your face upward, and feel the blissful warmth. And think to yourself, “Ah, yes… Thank you, Sun. You are one of the good things, constant and true, that I can always count on to help me feel good.”

This article outlines 7 good reasons to make sure you get enough sunlight: Why Sunlight Is Actually Good For You

My other blog post today: The Spirit of Aloha

Inspirational Quotes:

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ~ John Muir

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” ~ William Shakespeare

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Mr. Sun | Nourishes Us © Susan L Hart 2020

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India's Holi | Spirited sparkle, rich, resonant, resounding, color healing hearts. | HartHaiku.com

India’s Holi | Celebration

Holi: The beloved Hindu festival of color, long celebrated in India, is slowly but surely going viral around the world in many other cultures. And why would it not? Our hearts are aching for more lightheartedness, celebration, playfulness, and most of all, JOY.  We are realizing our essential right to those things, and we are claiming them. (Yay for us!)

A playful ritual of Holi is the throwing of colored powder on friends and family. People just let go and celebrate with color. Each vibrant color has been assigned its own meaning, and more about that here.

At its heart, Holi is a celebration of life, love, springtime (and the anticipated future harvest), and the victory of good over evil.

A wonderful aspect of this festival is the intention to heal connections between people, to mend old hurts and resentments. Holi is a time of joyful renewal in the hearts of everyone who participates. And what could be more holy than that?

You’ll find more about Holi legends and traditions in India here.

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India’s Holi | Celebration © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

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