Letting beauty find you...

A wonderful poet spoke to my writing group last week about living a poetic life. That doesn’t mean seeing poetry everywhere you go but it does mean embracing your creativity and bringing the consciousness of your inner artist into the life you are living. Let your inner essence spill over, bringing fresh meaning to what you do and bringing the poetry of creativity into your every day life.

She spoke of having a reverence for life, observing everything with an open mind and open heart. Articulate clearly each and every day about your experiences. Share your words – they may not sound like poetry but if they are the words of your heart, they are poetry.

Slow down and notice what is going on around you in this moment in time. If you are anything like me, you have a massive to-do list that leaves no time to enjoy what has already been achieved before you are on to the next item. By doing this, you miss the connection with ‘now’. I know that I do this myself every day. No wonder our psyches get so worn out – they are not being nourished or acknowledged.

She told a story of a time when she was healing from a difficult break-up and spent a lot of time walking, alone. Over time, she started noticing isolated pockets of remarkable beauty – a budding flower, a beautiful bird – and realized that the greyness and sadness that had enveloped her was lifting and beauty was finding her again. That’s when she knew that she was going to be okay.

Her story reminded me that if we look for something too hard, it becomes elusive and avoids us. We need to stop and refocus. Carpe Diem - ‘seize the day’ – slow down and let ourselves become grounded in today. Instead of our lists telling us what we should do, let our inner selves guide us to what we need. In the silence that ensues, beauty will find us and we will find ourselves living a poetic life, perfectly in tune with ourselves and the world around us.