I’m thrilled to have found a glorious podcast on the late, luminous John O’Donohue, gifted poet, philosopher, and theologian. “The Inner Landscape of Beauty,” https://onbeing.org
In the exhilarating interview, O’Donohue reminds us of the essential importance of beauty to our lives, defining beauty as something which”…returns us, often in fleeting but sustaining moments, to our highest selves…it ennobles the heart and reminds us of the infinity that is within us.”
Beauty “…is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life.”
Through O’Donohue’s expansive vision, we can see how crucial beauty is to our vibrancy, both individually and collectively. Beauty is the vehicle through which we flourish.
This is where each of us comes in. For, as O’Donohue explains, we each have a part to play by cultivating and sharing our inner gifts. As he elaborates:
“…it’s lovely when you find someone at work who’s doing exactly what they dreamed they should be doing and whose work is an expression of their inner gift. And in witnessing to that gift and bringing it out, they actually provide an incredible service to us all. And I think you see that the gifts that are given to us as individuals are not for us alone, or for our own self-improvement, but they are actually for the community and to be offered.”
When we live through our inner gifts, we embody the beauty he describes, that of being our highest selves, and offer that elevated life, that radiance, to the community. We inspire, we nourish, we raise up the whole.
Want to make the world a more beautiful place? Find, feed and contribute your inimitable beauty to the Universe. You’re the only one who can.
Middle photo courtesy of Nikki Carrara © 2017; Sculpture: Gil Boro