The Power of Beauty

Beauty in Blue

Holy Blue Flowers                                                                                    B Upton

Crescent Earth                                                                                            NASA
"November Volunteers"                                                                    B Upton
"Ice"                                                                                                            B Upton
"Three Baby Owls at Night"                                                                       B Upton
Earth from Space                                                                                  NASA
"Blue Angel"                                                                                            B Upton
"The Catskills"                                                                                       B Upton

Blue Butterfly Tree                           Photographer unknown

 May we all open to the holiness of life all around us and in us!

Beauty in White
Baby Owl Feather                                                                                   B Upton
 Detail from "Our Waking Planet"                                                                                              B Upton                                                                                 

Sombrero Galaxy  M104                                                                           NASA
Portland White Rose                                                                              B Upton

Barred Owl in the Sun                                        B Upton
Birch                                                                                                      B Upton
Mountain Laurel                                                                                             B Upton
Super Moon                                        B Upton
Detail "Our Waking Planet"                                              Acrylic by B Upton
Another Portland Beauty                                                                                             B Upton

A mini-mini meditation for you, inspired by the color white!

White Light Meditation
Take three deep breaths. Inhale peace, exhale tension, growing more relaxed with every breath you take. Imagine you are in a beautiful forest that smells of pine and cedar. Hear the rush of a waterfall and go closer until you can feel  the refreshing mist from the waterfall on your face. Now imagine this mist is filled with a glowing white, light filled with love, that gently surrounds you and comforts you. Let this light flow into your heart and then spread through you bringing vitality, harmony and health to your every cell. As you breathe the white light in, a growing sense of calm and well being flows through you. 

Imagine a symbol of white that is beautiful to you. Let its beauty fill your heart as you give thanks for the blessings of this earth. Return to your day refreshed, calm and content!

Beauty in Red
Trinity of Self: The Mother                                                                                                         B Upton
Red Rose Nebula                                                                                 NASA
Rose                                                                                                                                    B Upton
Pomegranates                                                                                   B Upton 

            Red Trees with Pink Building                                                           B Upton                
Hibiscus with Bee                                                                                B Upton
"Magical Feminine I" Detail                                                                     B Upton

Red Spot on Jupiter                                                                              B Upton

Red- the color of passion, excitement, enthusiasm, beauty and love. Wishing you all these things in copious quantities today!

It is also the color of our root chakra at the base of our spine that gives a sense of ground-edness and belonging in this world.

Beauty Heals!

Feather of a Male Indian Peafowl                                 Michael Maggs
Indigo Lactarius                                                                                   Dan Molter
African Grey Parrot Peeking Out From Under Its Wing                                      Avenue

Great Egret Nest with Three Chicks     Mike Baird
Henbit Deadnettle               Masaki Ikeda

Physalis                                                               Rudiger Krutz
The Antelope Canyon in Arizona                  Lucas Loffler
Swan with Nine Cygnets                                                 S Sepp

Lilium martagon                                                                                Bohringer Friedrich

Most of the photos and artwork on this blog are my own, but it is always wonderful to be able to share what I think are some of the most beautiful photos on the internet, through Wikimedia Commons! Thank you to all the great photographers who choose to share in this generous way!

Nature beckons to us continually... come closer and see the intricate, exquisite artistry of life all around us! It invites us to slow down, breathe deeper, and to feel our oneness with our beautiful, sacred earth and all life! We can breathe in the brilliant shimmering color, explore the exquisite patterns, get lost in magical light and be charmed by the graceful lines of the natural world. We can let beauty have her way with us! Greater contentment, inner peace, connection to the earth and to your true, eternal self, are the gifts she gives in return.

When you really allow beauty in, you also are recognizing the ephemeral nature of life and the preciousness of every living thing, every moment. Gratefulness will naturally well up in your heart and that is a good thing. 

The other night I heard a new bird singing, with a lovely trill at the end. I was listening with joy when I suddenly burst into tears. I didn't expect that! But the bird's song was just so perfect, yet so vulnerable. It made me want to protect the earth and all its life even more. I also felt blessed by the beauty all around me and sent out a prayer that more will be able to deeply connect to the beauty of our earth and find the healing that is waiting for them there.

Connect to mother earth 
to breathe more deeply
Breathe more deeply
to connect with beauty
Connect to beauty
to open to gratitude
Open to gratitude
to focus on what is working
Focus on what is working
to draw more if it to you
Draw more of it to you
to follow your heart 
Follow your heart
to live your soul's purpose
Live you soul's purpose
to be you.