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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
It is beautiful here – so today I wonder about beauty. What is beauty? Why is it different for everyone? Why is beauty in the eyes of the beholder?
We apply beauty to people, places, and things as events, music, arts, architecture, and more. The bottom line: Beauty is a state of pleasure; a specialized level of satisfaction.
From the beauty of the green meadow to the desert landscapes and its limiting green, or the view from the mountain top, memories and scenes capture our attention. How many photos have each of us taken of beauty that just didn’t capture the moment.
For me, I think the most beautiful places I’ve seen. The Nā Pali Coast on Hawaii’s island of Kauai is the most beautiful uninhabitable place. For where people live, Italy’s Amalfi Coast grabs me with an irresistible force. Through my heritage, the valley setting of Bagni di Lucca on the Lima River in northern Tuscany touches my heart.
The beauty of events etches a memory forever. Watching a sun fall behind the Pacific horizon from a plateau above the sea on Kauai was spectacular. Approaching Venice on a cruise ship, then going through a canal to dock street side is a memory stuck in my brain. The colors of the sunrise I see here on this coast are inspiring. The tear rolled down my cheek when I saw my wife walk down the aisle at our wedding.
Beauty is the peace delivered by a different messenger to different people – possibly a baby’s smile, a gentle touch, the togetherness of family, a ray of sunshine, or even a personal walk on a beach.
Nature’s beauty shows through its seemingly infinite design. Snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, brilliant flowers, colorful fish, a herd of wild animals on a distant slope of grass – let alone the mathematical brilliance of a Fibonacci pattern or the brilliant geometrical designs seen through electron micrographs – even a spider’s web – or how common life processes are accomplished by a range of organisms from a single cell to plants to the largest animal.
The colors displayed by the Grand Canyon’s rock layers are one thing – but how the sun’s angle changes them throughout the day is inspiringly beautiful. Not bad for a big ditch that doesn’t move.
Although beauty can vary across time, cultures, nature, and human behaviors, beauty is also timeless. The beauty of a person’s actions as sincerity, goodness, charitableness, helpfulness, and kindness are just that – timeless and not limited by cultural boundaries – as are the empathetic heart and listening ear.
Beauty – that combination of shape, color, and pattern we find in art. Certain pieces and styles move a person – they stir the soul – but to others, their teeth hurt because their tastes and preferences differ. However, they see beauty elsewhere.
We can hear beauty. From the babbling stream to the roaring water of a grand waterfall, to the calming waters of a walk on the beach, or a walk-in a serene meadow. The physical beauty and natural sounds can capture the soul.
We hear the beauty of words. Some inspire, while others honor. Some words transform us, while others deliver peace and comfort through the right place at the right time.
The beauty of music can transport us to another place. Through instrumental compositions, Rachmaninoff delivers love while Copeland brings pride. Many others do it through their voice that sings the beauty of the lyricist’s phrases.
Motion can demonstrate beauty – the slow motion of a galloping horse or running cheetah – bird’s wings in motion – the elegance of a figure skater or a ballroom couple – time-lapse of a blooming rose.
I look across humanity to see many physical beauties: the glow of Nordic beauty – the exoticness of Middle Eastern beauty – the sensuality of Mediterranean beauty – the kindness in Oriental beauty – the steely and mysterious nature of Eastern European beauty – the regal confidence of African beauty – the uniqueness of Indian beauty that perhaps comes from many years of cultural blending through genetics.
Beauty is something we can see in cultures – through dress, customs, language, and actions. Each of our cultures does something for ourselves, while other cultures may be different, one can find beauty there.
Beauty is not limited to the eyes and ears. Aromas from the kitchen ignite a bountiful of beautiful thoughts and memories. We notice the beauty when our fingers pass over the smooth surface of a fine sculpture or the soft skin of our lover.
Let us not forget the beauty beach shells provide as I walk. From the physical designs to the combination of colors – from the small to the large – the smooth to the ridged. There is beauty in those shells for those taking time to look.
Beauty is an enigma because each of us determines beauty through our lens. More importantly, life is full of beauty for those who not only take time to look and listen – but also to engage all the senses.
Beauty is found in different places and different circumstances. Beauty is unique to the observer because beauty involves a perspective. Whatever one finds as mundane or even ugly, someone else sees as beauty. Then again, an individual’s perspective also changes over time.
The world is stacked with beauty – the people, places, and things. So much beauty to see in the world – both far and wide and close to home. There’s so little time to see it all – so take time to look at what one can.
This beach is a beautiful place providing a collection of various beauties. Thinking about beauty is a reason I like walking on the beach, which is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have written about oneness
- The Lima River (photo essay or the northern Tuscan valley that tugs my heart)
- Beauty (poem)
- Beauty (essay with photos by an occasional visitor here)
- Embrace the Beauty (poem by a visitor here)
- Beauty Through Beautiful Eyes (poems)
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