While seated on the porch step waiting for Orange the cat to arrive, I became entranced by the sparkling frost on the lawn. The slightest head tilts caused hundreds of tiny reflections to shift. I was so mesmerized that I hadn’t noticed the arrival of Orange until he rubbed his body against my leg. I nodded towards the cat. He immediately leapt onto my lap.
Orange gently kneaded my left thigh while I explored the furry warmth between his ears. We enjoyed this soundless communion for several minutes until he meowed to request his treats. While he nibbled the kibble from my hand, I again became at one with the beauty of the moment. The visual images of the sparkling frost and the fuzzy cat contrasted with each other. Furthermore there was the difference between the crisp early morning air and the sumptuous warmth of Orange’s body. These elements combined with mindfulness blended together to create profound beauty.
Our conventional definition of beauty is that of a pleasing visual appearance or physical sensation. We examine a masterpiece painting or hear a favorite piece of music or gaze onto the face of a close friend. The pleasantness of the experience is unmistakable. Such beauty captures our awareness. The babbling inner monologue goes silent for a few moments as consciousness is stunned by the beauty.
We look into the cloudless night sky during the New Moon and become enraptured by the sight of billions upon billions of galaxies and stars. If an aurora appears in the upper atmosphere, the magnificence thrills us into the inner reaches of the mind.
You momentarily come back to your conventional senses. You realize that your mental workings had become unified with the entirety of the Universe. Your ego had taken leave of your consciousness. Your domestic conundrums, worries about politics, money, despair, loneliness, and survival dissolved into nothingness for awhile. When you experience this “Zen” moment you realize that there is not only love and truth within you, but there exists boundless beauty as well. Poets and philosophers have understood that without profound beauty, we have no true morality. With the ability to deeply feel beauty, comes the desire to never destroy it.
Pristine beauty is all around us if we pause to notice it. It is present in the picturesque sunsets and sunrises. The trees and grasses possess certain lovely qualities. We see the many varieties of human beauty as we go into the world. The beauty brings out our best selves. As we feel the breeze upon our faces we are called to fulfill our deepest purpose, whatever that may be.
When we experience beauty to its fullest, we feel it through and through. What makes us feel fully at one with the Universe is a desire to be true to ourselves. Such beauty is the driving force of an honest life. Such beauty has integrity at the core of its sublime attractiveness.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the 18th and 19th centuries statesman and writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.”