John O’donahue, the late Irish poet and philosopher, weaves beauty and spirituality in a way that is magnificent. He shares:
“The beauty that emerges from woundedness is a beauty infused with feeling, a beauty different from the beauty of landscape and the cold perfect form. This is a beauty that has suffered its way through the ache of desolation until the words or music emerged to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart.
It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds in finding its way through to beauty of form. Most woundedness remains hidden, lost inside forgotten silence. Indeed, in every life there is some wound that continues to weep secretly, even after years of attempted healing. Where woundedness can be refined into beauty a wonderful transfiguration takes place.”
― John O’Donohue
I feel so inspired to share with you today one of my favorite podcast episodes plus a few questions for reflection. His eloquent tone is inspiring and I wholeheartedly recommend creating space to listen below:
Questions for Journaling & Reflection:
What comes to mind when you hear the word beauty?
How do we feel when we experience beauty?
Is the experience of beauty spiritual? In what way?
What role does glamour play in beauty? In what ways does beauty transcend glamour?