In the experience of beauty we awaken and surrender in the same act. ~John O'Donohue
What a remarkable concept. Experiencing beauty leads to both an awakening to all that is potentially possible in this moment and to a surrendering to the larger, sweeping rhythm of life.
In the last post I explored how beauty calls us, not to some distant future goal, but "to our inherent capacity in this moment, right now".
Beauty calls us beyond ourselves and it encourages us to engage the dream that dwells in the soul. ~John O'Donohue
In this sense beauty awakens our own calling and invites it out into the world. It beckons. It draws our attention to all that is noble within, here and now. There is no rush to become, no urge to fix, no hustle to do more. There is a gentle coming alive, a humble waking up to the truth of what has been inside of us all along, and in that awakening there is a surrendering, a recognition that while we are noble and grand and matchless in our capacity, we are but a drop in this one great ocean of humanity. Beauty reminds us that if we relax into the present moment we will remain connected to the sacredness of all life. We surrender when we appreciate that there is no place for competition in our quest to live into all that we potentially possess, for we recognize that what we truly seek is a meaningful life—a life lived in service—a life braided with luminous moments.
"Every life is braided with luminous moments." ~John O'Donohue
May your life be braided with luminous moments of beauty that lead to your awakening and surrendering, all in the same act.