Looking at beauty in the world is the first step in purifying the mind. Amit Ray
There are days when I go for a walk that I start out in a not so good mood. I start the walk with a whine about having to walk because I need the exercise, then go on to list all the things I’d rather be doing and all the things that need to be done that I don’t want to do. I complain about the weather, it’s too hot or too cold, too bright and sunny or too dark and cloudy, too windy or there is no wind. In general, just complaining and centered solely on myself.
Before long, I notice the trees or some flowers, birds chattering back and forth to each other, or a hawk soaring across the sky. I see a cat wandering or someone walking a dog, someone out for a run or walking with a baby in a stroller, or an elderly person who seems frail but still out and about enjoying a stroll. I stop and just look around at the world and I am stunned by the beauty of it all.
My mind lets go of the negativity and makes room for the positivity and possibilities that surround me. Nothing around me has changed, but within there is a cleansing that refreshes and energizes, not just my mind, but my body, too. My walk becomes something more than exercise. The heaviness in my heart is washed away and my eyes are open to the beauty of the world.
I laugh at my not so good mood and there is abundant joy!
Outer or physical beauty is as they say in the eye of the beholder. Each of us sees or defines beauty differently. What or who is beautiful in my eyes may not be beautiful to you. That doesn’t make ugly what or who I see as beautiful.
The media, however, seems to want us all to see beauty through its lens. What or who we see in magazines and in the movies, on TV or any other media form is defined for us as either beautiful or not beautiful. Celebrities are shown to us as the standard of beauty and many accept it or use it as the rule or model of beauty.
I am not denying that celebrities are beautiful but I am asking is what we see in the media real? Most photographs we see of these beautiful people are not candid shots taken in everyday ordinary circumstances. They are usually photos taken by professionals for publicity with makeup and clothing professionally done with artful touch ups by the photographer or taken at public events with makeup and clothing that are perfectly done. If we were to see them without the benefit of the media’s lens would their beauty be the same or would it be more realistic?
What makes someone beautiful in your eyes, the media’s lens or something intangible and perhaps less perfect? Are we taking away or refusing to see the beauty of the average person because of the artistry of the media?
The way I see it…true beauty is more than what the eye beholds.
“So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?” Harriet Beecher Stowe
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