Meditation Articles Series

What is Beauty?

“… this whole phenomenon of the universe is the phenomenon of beauty. Every soul has an inclination to admire beauty, to seek for beauty, to love beauty, and to develop beauty.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan

How does this relate to meditation?

Meditation helps us to observe things just as they are without condemnation or judgment, without craving or aversion. When thoughts arise, when emotions arise whatever they are we accept and allow all of them. Thoughts and feelings that we could condemn and berate ourselves for having we accept. They arise, they fall and they pass away. Is this not beautiful? We experience stillness and silence, inner peace and calm. Are these not beautiful? We may laugh and play and have more fun. We become more generous of spirit. We may feel a strong desire to be of service to others. We may feel more alive, energised and in flow with the rhythms of the universe. We may be happy just for no other reason than we feel good. Are not all these things beautiful? Through meditation limitations of living life fully and freely, just as we breathe fully and freely, fall away and each moment of being present here and now is beautiful. Now here is something that I have pondered. At times I may experience the opposite of all of the above. I may not always feel peaceful or calm or energized but if as this sage and teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan says that this whole phenomenon of the universe is the phenomenon of beauty, then no matter what is happening it’s still beautiful. Only my judgment makes it something different.

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