The life-journey can be a journey of ascent to beauty. The longing at the heart of attraction is the union with the Beautiful. Not everything in us is beautiful. We need to undertake the meticulous work of clearance and clarification in order that our inner beauty may shine.*
Humans are slow animals […] and what we excel at is distances. Sustaining a pace for hours our days.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is in the news as he looks for eight people to join him in a trip to the Moon in 2023 without cost.
There are two qualifications. Potential crew members must advance whatever they do to help people and greater society in some way, and to support fellow crew-members with similar aspirations.
It is a good and beautiful sentiment, and whether we travel to the Moon or not, we all get to make a journey, often slowly, from ugliness to beauty, and that beauty becomes light to others:
Bring light to all that is overcast^.
A transformative journey comprises many things, perhaps three to explore and play with today being to see, appreciate and respect. To do so is to allow more light in as well as being able to shed more on others and other things.
Spring is a great time to engage in a simple exercise. Wander outside until you see something that is speaking to you of Spring’s approach. Spend some time simply paying attention to it and take a picture. Open the picture and do a little reflective journaling for about five minutes, describing what you have taken a picture of without using metaphors, so you can’t describe “leaves like blades” or similar. Simply describe what you see and perhaps add some simple illustrations. The aim is to see something for what it truly is without comparing it with something else, to be open to its real value and to respect it. Enjoy.
*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
**From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust;
^Plotinus, quoted in John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty.