What Is Beauty

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (13)

Ghost Dancer

Talladega Prison, Feb 2020 – It was a rainy and soaked day today. Yes we had our lodge and it was the love in our hearts that motivated us to work through the mud and the drizzling rain to get everything set up and to work at getting our fire going. Now most folks would think that this is not a beautiful day or a day to try to do a lodge. But it opens up another lesson in life. What is beauty? What is the right way at looking at things?

How we see all things in life is up to us. Beauty is everything and in everything that exists. Recognizing beauty is all in how we see it from our hearts. Oh, our eyes can be very deceiving, just as our minds can be, but our hearts, if they are true, will see the beauty in everything that exists and in every situation.

I once had a man say to me, “Oh! that woman over there is ugly!

I said, why would you possibly say that? What I see is a woman who is beautiful!

He said, “Well look at her, she sure isn’t no 10!

I told him I thought his mind was tricking him, that what I saw was a woman who was truly happy. She was smiling and enjoying being who she was, not caught up in other people’s troubles or standards. I saw a woman who knew what she wanted in life and was very passionate about life.

He looked at me like I was insane and asked me how could I possibly see all that. I said, well just look at her, she isn’t flaunting or trying to draw attention to herself. She accepts what she has and is; she is at peace with her assets and how she sees life. She isn’t trying to impress anyone, she is just being happy in the moment. There is nothing phony about her.  However you choose to look at her, in truth, is what you see.  I see a woman who would be loyal, trustworthy, hard-working, and a passionate person in every way. He looked at me a moment, then walked over to say hello to the lady. Wasn’t too long till I heard they were married and decades later they still are and have a beautiful family.

 That lesson is for everyone in every part of life. Look with your heart.

Now today was a beautiful day, rain, mud, everything soaked. Our creator made it this way and it has its purpose and beauty also. Just as we had our purpose in struggling to get everything set up and going on this beautiful day.

As the old saying goes, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.

Walk in beauty and love and see this every day and in every way. Ghost

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an 80-something elder, a child of the great depression and WWII. I have lived a good life doing all the ordinary things valued by women of my generation. Through it all, I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, never quite "at home" in any group, but always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. A registered nurse by profession, I am a lifelong student with a love of writing and interests in history and genealogy. In my golden years, just when I was starting to wonder what I was going to do with the rest of my life, some unexpected things happened that led me down new and unfamiliar paths. I’ve since learned it took a lifetime of experiences to prepare me for the new challenges and opportunities to come. The lessons these new challenges bring comprise the magic elixir that keep me seeking, keep me aware, keep me vital.

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