Why Does Beauty Matter?

sunriseIt is everywhere – in the curve of a road or a child’s cheek, in the juxtaposition of color and form gracing the twilit sky. It is sometimes imperfect and almost always impermanent, elevating our days through its existence.

In trying to understand the experience of beauty, German poet Friedrich Schiller observed human nature motivated by two principle longings, sense and form. The drive to sense the world based in immediate gratification, and the drive to impart form on the world based in coherence and rational order. Desires that often conflict with one another.

Being present in the moment can be at odds with ideas of responsibility, duty and perseverance.

But Schiller believed we needed both drives for balance –postulating that absolute beauty was experienced when objects or emotions resonated with both needs at the same time. Experiencing beauty this way, he thought, could teach us how to be both immediate and eternal, both present and accountable.

I believe beauty is often found in the gaps, in the spaces between what we expect and what we encounter. Being present is the currency of its recognition. Years ago, I learned the anchoring influence of recognizing just one beautiful thing a day. This practice seeded gratitude and influenced my perspective during some of the most trying times of my life.

The ChakraBabe project is about beauty – the beauty of balance. The healing effect of reconciling our duality by capturing beauty and celebrating it, by finding it in ourselves as we explore and understand our energetic nature – and the blessing of living on our own terms. It is with this intent I now wake up each morning to wrestle with WordPress and angst over Shopify.

Our launch is almost here. It is my desire you will recognize the beauty I have stumbled across, sought in obscure corners, collected and brought to you for consideration with ChakraBabe. As the project grows and the community coalesces, I realize the launch is only a new beginning, with fresh perspectives, greater depth and further growth just around the curve.

I look forward to meeting you there.

We have all a better guide in ourselves,

if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Jane Austen.

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Sixth chakra affirmation:

My mind, body, and emotions are quiet – I am connected to the wisdom of the Universe.