In Search Of Beauty
Beauty Lies in the Eyes Of the Beholder
They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, while this maybe true, it is never certain until when will the beholder see it as beauty. Beauty is a temporary enigma. Created because some random pieces came together in such a way that is favorable to people as to be attractive, It is the combination of different parts that makes beauty. How long this lasts we will never know.
Take the example of the rainbow, everything surrounding it has to be perfect for it to exist. the climate, the heat, the atmosphere, the location, if all this fits right, the phenomenon that we call rainbow will happen. Once the climate and atmosphere changes this rainbow will disappear.
Even then someone might not appreciate the beauty of a single rainbow, perhaps the only thing that they find beautiful is a double rainbow, it depends on people's taste and perception. Makes us wonder, if a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? if something beautiful is not found to be beautiful in our eyes is it still beautiful?
Beauty in Consciousness
The more conscious we are, the more beauty we find. We can find it in people, we can find it in the plants and trees, we can find it various objects. Why is this so? To understand this we have to understand the characteristics of consciousness. The main characteristic of consciousness is awareness. Conscious of what? conscious of the present moment. Consciousness only exist in the present moment. You cannot be conscious of the past. Even if you are conscious of the past, you are conscious about it NOW. Same for the future.
Unfortunately, we spend most of our lives in auto pilot, the older we become the more we are on auto-pilot, we become semi conscious at the end of the week, when the weekend comes, we make plans to hang out with our friends and we keep telling ourselves that time flies, and that before we know it, it is already the weekend.
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."-Albert Einstein
Once in a while we become conscious for a while just automatically. You might have experienced a time when you are on your way to work, and you suddenly notice the florist which you have always passed by and you noticed how beautiful and vibrant it is. It has been there for years, but you never noticed. Why is this so?
This is because we are hardly ever fully conscious of ourselves and our present surroundings, we cannot see beauty even if it is staring at us right in the face then. We walk facing downward looking at nothing in particular, unaware of the trees, of the people, of so many things that is beautiful.
Fortunately, though, I have found this attitude slowly changing in people. The number of people training their consciousness with yoga and exercise and meditation is skyrocketing. This is not to say that decades ago meditation techniques and spiritual books were not there, it was the access to these things that was lacking. Now we have access to so much wonderful information in the form of websites and blogs, we get to learn many things that were once only available to few people. We live in a beautiful time.
Beauty in Taste
If you bring a bum to stay in a four star hotel, he will most likely be overwhelmed by its apparent astonishing beauty and grandeur. If you bring a billionaire to stay there, they will be underwhelmed and will probably be angry at you for bringing him to such a dump and complain that his house is bigger than this hotel.
A person who is accustomed to the finer things in life will be underwhelmed by the usual things. The opposite is also true, a person who is accustomed to the simple things in life will find the finer things overwhelming. People who are accustomed to the finer things in life is not as conscious as the people who are simple because their mind is only accustomed to extravagant things. Their consciousness has been bombarded for a long time with such things that it becomes numb and desensitized. It is hard for their consciousness to see the beauty in a simple life because their mind is not sensitive enough. Just like an alcoholic who needs 10 glasses to start getting a high, a non alcoholic might just need a glass or two before their world starts to spin
Majority of us are simple people living in usual conditions, and yet some of us still cannot find the beauty in our lives, because we too are a victim of this trend of excess, we may not live it and may not have those beautiful over the top luxurious things, but we are living our lives chasing what we do not have, chasing extravagant and luxurious things, that we cannot even be aware of how beautiful our simple life actually is.
Many of us fail to realize that a man who is born simple has been given a rare chance to make his consciousness sharper and more sensitive, it is generally much harder for rich people do this because they are surrounded by things that are anything but simple. They have to first make their mind more sensitive.
For a simple man to raise his level of consciousness all this simple man has to do is be thankful for whatever he already has, give up this ridiculous rat race so many of us are in, and stop comparing his life to other people more well off than him. Then he will be aware of how beautiful his life is. His life was always beautiful, he has just realized it and that makes all the difference
"Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it."
Beauty In Mystery
There is a very interesting story I have read, it went something like this:
One day a king was walking in his city and he saw a beautiful woman and was enamored by her and wanted her for him. So he told one of his ministers to find out about this woman, and what the minister found out was that she is the girlfriend of one of the king's guards. This drove the king's ego to madness, and he was going to give orders to his guard to be killed so he can have his girlfriend for him. But one of his wise minister had a better plan. The plan was to bring both the guard and the woman and tie them together.
The guard and the woman was very happy about this, once they were tied they made love, had romance and enjoyed themselves thoroughly, but after a few days something strange happened, they could not handle each other anymore. They were too tired of the love making, they were sweating, they felt very hot, tired and suffocated. They could not see each other anymore and have grown tired of each other. When the king saw this they untied them and the guard and the woman ran their separate directions never to be together again. After this the woman was all his.
If there is one thing we can grasp from this story is that mysteriousness is a beautiful thing. Many times a men will look longingly to a girl, wondering how it would be like with her and vice versa I am sure. The most memorable part is when they are getting to know one another, when their mystery are being discover by each other one by one, it is something like an easter egg hunt this discovery of the mystery.
Many times, though, once they have slept with each other and stayed with each other, the romance dies down and it starts to become more like a chore than a longing. This is why many married couples start to have an affair. They long for those times of mystery, of suspense. This is also why many married couples try to stay together longer by finding new ways to light up an old flame and have date nights.
Have you ever asked yourself why is someone playing hard to get much more attractive than one who is easy to get? oftentimes we find ourselves taking the people who love us for granted because we are after those that don't pay attention to us.
Playing hard to get gives the impression, be it a false one or a true one, that we have something beautiful in us that is only worthy of the few. This kills us, it makes us want to be the worthy one. We want to prove to them that we are worthy of their attention.
A king almost killed his guard because of this. Mystery and Suspense are really beautiful.
Theoretically, if you read religious and spiritual scriptures they will tell you that beauty is everywhere. In our case, however, we cannot accept this to be truth. How will we accept it as a truth if we have not experience it? What is written in the scriptures is the point of view of a fully conscious and enlightened person, it is his truth and only his. We cannot claim it to be our truth and act like we are all holy and mighty.
So for the person who is not fully conscious, our perceptions on what we think is beautiful is selective and conditional. Our consciousness is therefore directly proportional to the beauty we can find in this world we live in. The lesser we pay attention the more dull our world becomes.