But where does the appreciation of that beauty originate? Where does our ability to understand beauty come from? It comes from within our own consciousness.
The very essence of who and what we are is beauty.
The true essence of beauty cannot be found in a sunrise or a sunset, a face, or even a spectacular view. Those only awaken the essence of beauty within our own spirit. It's not only something we sense within ourselves, but it emerges in our character as virtue and in our life as care. What are virtue and care anyway, but love in action?
Can beauty be defined with regard to people? I feel that it can. Physical beauty is subjective and, for the most part, seen through the eyes of the beholder.
We all want to like what we see in our mirror. That kind of beauty can often be bought through plastic surgery, cosmetics, clothes, and hairstyles -- if we have the money. Physical attractiveness is appealing to the senses, but it's a fake beauty based on the superficial standards that society has deemed "beautiful".
Please don't misunderstand, I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to look and feel our best. Everyone does something for beauty, everyone! But that isn't true beauty.
Spiritual beauty is true beauty, because it comes from within the heart and soul of a person. When someone has a beautiful soul, their very presence can be sensed by others who are naturally touched by them, without even knowing why.
Spiritual beauty comes through awareness and from knowing there is a higher power who gives us the strength and confidence we need to live the best life we can. With it comes peace, confidence, and inner happiness. Spiritual beauty naturally radiates an inner glow that others are instinctively drawn to, because they sense and feel the awareness and beauty that's there.
We gain inner balance by knowing who we are, and knowing we are beautiful, spiritually. As a result, we attract spiritual people into our lives, people who love the totality of us -- mind, body and soul.
The next time you say, "Wow! That's beautiful." Remember, you speak of yourself. You are beautiful. You always were. You always will be.
Now that's beauty ...