Seeds of Wisdom
13-Week Email Course
Week 4 — Beauty
October 11, 2019
Week 4 in the Seeds of Wisdom email course welcomes the theme of Beauty! Beauty is a heart-nourishing transition from the intensity of last week’s theme of Chaos.
If you haven’t already completed your explorations with Chaos, take a moment to do that. Jot down some notes and/or snap a photo of your altar. When you are ready, clear your altar and breathe into your heart to receive the wisdom of Beauty.
Beauty is one of 12 essential themes for guidance and growth in my book and deck, Seeds of Wisdom. Let’s continue with our basic rhythm for exploring each week’s theme: read… reflect… respond… Several possible practices are included for bringing the theme of Beauty alive in your life.
Breathe and behold:
Allow yourself simply to gaze at the image of Beauty below and see what impressions arise. Then read through a brief description of the theme.
a brief excerpt on the theme
These pink blossoms speak without words, directly to the heart. Their sound is laughter from the sheer delight of being.
Beauty’s wisdom is to get out of your head and into your heart. Go out into nature. Turn your awareness toward what is beautiful. Be silent. Listen: not for answers, but for laughter.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers.” To laugh requires both the intake of breath and its release.
Sometimes life is glorious like the cherry tree’s abundant flowers in spring. Sometimes it seems barren, like the cherry tree’s naked branch in winter. Life is change.
Holding your breath will not prevent the blossoms from fading nor will it speed their return. Release all clinging and grasping. Instead, practice breathing.
Remember this: nature needs no special adornment. It is beautiful — as itself — in every season.
Keywords for Beauty
literal beauty; enjoyment of life; light-heartedness;
awareness of aging; impermanence;
wordless wisdom; heart-centered intuition
in meditation and in writing
Breathe in the image and the words. What about them touches your heart? Are there certain lines of text or keywords that call your attention?
Reflect — in meditation and in writing — on your personal understanding of Beauty. What does Beauty mean to you?
What can you do to bring Beauty to your reflection process itself? Do a small sacred act that delights your senses before sitting with theme and writing about it.
by placing symbols on your altar
What objects do you have — or can you create — that symbolize your understanding of Beauty? Are there items that make you feel light-hearted or that you find particularly Beauty-full? Perhaps something from nature connects you with Beauty’s wisdom.
If you have the Seeds of Wisdom cards, you may want to place the Beauty card on your altar. If you don’t have the cards, you are welcome to print the image above and use that.
Over the next week, let yourself pause at your altar frequently and discover how the theme of Beauty unfolds its wisdom for you.
for exploring the theme
Here are some possible practices for exploring the theme of Beauty. Keep in mind, these are optional! It’s entirely up to you how much time and space you want to dedicate to this process:
Practice 1 — Behold Your Natural Beauty
If you regularly wear makeup, take a day off from wearing it. Deepen the practice by beholding your unadorned face in the mirror without critique, but with joy.
Practice 2 — Practice Laughter Yoga
Laugh for five continuous minutes, bringing a sense of play to your spiritual practice.
Practice 3 — Commune with Nature
Go outside and stand under a tree for two full minutes. Just be.
Practice 4 — Receive a Message from Beauty
Choose an item from nature that you find beautiful. Bring it to your spiritual practice space. Free-write for 5 minutes from the point of view of this item. Begin writing: “I am [name the item]” and discover what this item has to say. Remember to write as it, not about it.
toward the end of next week
Let your process with Beauty come to a close as you approach the end of next week.
Use your journal to take notes on your experience with the theme. Take a photo of your altar if you like. If you are inclined to share about your experience on social media, please tag me on FB/IG @elkaeastly and/or hashtag #seedsofwisdomcourse. (Click here to see images of my own personal altars during the course.)
Next Friday you will receive an email introducing the next theme. Be sure to clear your altar to mark your completion with the theme of Beauty.
May your process with Beauty inspire you with enjoyment and laughter.
Remember: If you happen to miss any emails during the course, you can always find them here:
May your inner wisdom guide you always!
Please note: This course is a self-directed process intended to support your spiritual growth. It is not therapy or medical care and is not a replacement for either. I am not a medical practitioner of any kind, and do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat medical or mental health conditions.