Look for the Beauty in Life
Chad Walkaden, Director & Primary Practitioner
22 March 2016
Approximately six months ago, a 76-year-old man first exposed me to the importance of beauty. Together, we sipped on our morning coffees and verbally wrestled with the idea that a need exists for the Australian government to reintroduce beauty into the national curriculum.
I am unsure about the exact moment when my focus changed but I started to notice that the conversation about beauty had primed me to shift my gaze slightly towards the glistening blue ocean in the background. At this time, a series of thoughts commenced circulating throughout my mind about how beauty can be a fundamental component to helping people live more mindfully.
Over the coming weeks, I started looking for beauty in my daily life. I looked at flowers, spent more time starring at the clouds or the stars and I was able to learn about the distinction between beauty and sex. I came to understand that when compared to beauty, sex is inferior.
At this time, a series of thoughts commenced circulating throughout my mind about how beauty can be a fundamental component to helping people live more mindfully.
As more time passed, my curiosity and interest about beauty lead me into further discussions about the existence of beauty within the world around us. During one particular conversation, the context of this theme expanded to a place where I was told that beauty can be found in every circumstance in life. Although I connected with this idea, I was unsure about the universal application of this and the more I have thought about it, the more I am aware that I am yet to find an answer to this.
Like many questions that I have about life, I find that lessons are taught to me in strange and mysterious ways. From what started as an appreciation about the beauty around us, resulted in a greater awareness about my personal vulnerabilities. This very process taught me a number of points:
Beauty is subjective.
Beauty is unique.
Beauty is possible.