The Beauty of Being: A Reflection
In this fast-paced and often chaotic life, it’s all too easy to forget the beauty of simply being. All too often, our lives are filled with obligations, expectations, and distractions that keep us from simply enjoying the present moment. But taking the time to pause, to reflect and to embrace the beauty of being can have a profound impact on our lives- one that can be extraordinarily rewarding. In this article, we will explore the beauty of being, and the reasons why it is worth considering.
1. The Blessings of Being
The beauty of life is the multitude of blessings it offers us. Whether large or small, each is a precious reminder of the gifts we receive each day.
We can be grateful for the simple pleasure of a warm shower in the morning, the unfolding of a new day, and the embrace of a friend’s hug. The more expansive blessings include the power to create our lives, find satisfaction within our work, and Know unconditional love. But, perhaps the greatest blessing of all, is the gift of being fully alive.
- The Magic of Now – The present moment is where all love, joy, and adventure lies. It’s the moment when we exist without worry or fear.
- The Joy of Connection – The relationships we share with others give us a sense of purpose and a way to belong.
- The Strength of Gratitude – Expressing our appreciation for what we have opens the doorway to receiving more.
2. An Introspective Journey
Exploring our inner depths can be a profoundly rewarding experience. While outward travels offer plenty of sights and sounds, voyages within can bring peace and understanding. Aspiring introspection can feel intimidating, yet the rewards can be immense.
The journey’s start could begin with a personal reflection of our current state. Taking the time to ask questions and ideas ranging from ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I want?’ could jumpstart the process. Then we can:
- Analyze our relationships and gain honest insights
- Examine our behavior to identify sources of growth
- Own our story and its compelling details
- Understand our ambitions and capabilities
Hypothesizing about our future can further provide a roadmap for our journey. This means into considering how our actions can influence our life, consciously or not. By halting from the auto-pilot mode, we can then direct our future with meaningful reflection and deliberation.
3. Awakening a Sense of Awe
The world around us can be both chaotic and beautiful. Whether you’re observing a picturesque beach landscape or witnessing the diverse life that lives beneath the surface of the sea, awaking a sense of awe requires intentional focus. Here are three ways you can open yourself to the beauty of the world and your place in it.
- Contemplate Nature: Take the time to simply pause, observe, and appreciate your natural surroundings. Take in the smells, sights, and sounds of nature, and ask yourself “what mesmerizes me about this?”
- Perform Random Acts of Kindness: Take time out of your day to do something kind for someone—especially someone you do not know—to remind both them and yourself of the incredible power of kindness and human connection.
- Choose Gratitude: Make a point to take note of the positive aspects of your day and focus on the things you are thankful for. This helps to bring greater appreciation to the present moment and creates a sense of awe.
Our world can be full of awe-inspiring moments once we become intentional about paying attention. By simply choosing to open up to the beauty of our surroundings, we can begin to awaken a sense of awe.
4. Appreciating the Beauty of Being
We often forget our bodies, minds and soul amidst the hustle bustle of our hectic lives. The challenge then is to take a moment and take stock of our wonderful selves. To recognize that each day brings new hope and new opportunities to appreciate our own beauty, the beauty of life, and the beauty of the world around us.
Exploring the beauty of our own creations, whether they are physical or abstract, can be a journey of joy. Cherish the little moments and take a step back to admire the incredible works that we make and the human emotion, ambition and power that went into them. Whether it is for art, literature or technology, creating something out of nothing makes us all the better for it.
- Take a pause to appreciate the little yet significant things that bring us joy. A sunset, a blooming flower or simply forming a thought.
- Go create! Engage in a purposeful activity that helps us grow our skill set and explore new areas of expertise.
- Have gratitude for all the good that we have around us. Appreciate the world, the people and the nature.
We often take for granted the beauty that surrounds us. Society tells us that beauty is something external, and it’s easy to forget the beauty of being. But if we listen carefully, the peace and joy that come from embracing our own existence can be a powerful reminder of how beautiful it is to simply be.