Love and beauty

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Synchronicity, that’s what I think it is, that I am noticing of late these amazing ‘stuff’ on love and beauty.  I would like to share a couple that resonated with me.

LoveLove – 4 letters,one syllable – such a short word and yet so complex.  Quoting from a BrainPickings article, Vincent Van Gogh extolled:

“Love a friend, love a wife, something, whatever you like, but one must love with a lofty and serious intimate sympathy, with strength, with intelligence, and one must always try to know deeper, better, and more.”

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done!”

The ‘love’ Van Gogh spoke of, I suspect, refers to all 4 types of love which the ancient Greeks identified:

  • agápe – love in a spiritual sense;
  • eros  – the physical passionate love, with sensual desire and longing, in which the medieval European notion of ‘romantic love’ we have inherited can be placed;
  • philia – a mental love meaning affectionate regard or friendship; and
  • storge – a natural affection as from a parent, sister and the like.

Van Gogh is not merely speaking of romantic love.

Love is universal; Love is all-encompassing, Love is spiritual.  And we are to love and love well and love much…for only through that we will experience our own renewal and strength. 

And yes, the cynics in us all ask, “but what about…”.  Yet Love is all there is. We need to move from our head (with all our questioning, rationalizing, analysing) to our heart; to listen to its call.  You know this…acknowledge it.  This journey from our mind to our heart is a short path but it is a walk that will take a lifetime.  Begin it now.

Reflection of loveOn this love journey, we will see Beauty.

This article, What makes a Woman Beautiful to a Man from the The Good Men Project posits ‘beautiful’ as something soulful, not based on the superficiality of looks and age. The writer provides a thought provoking social commentary on the state of ‘beautiful’ in this age, and it is not pretty.

Beauty is Love reflected.

“…[A] woman is not beautiful in a vacuum, there is always an observer who interprets that beauty, even if it is the woman herself”
and because  “love is a big part of what creates beauty in a woman”,  the Other who loves her and her Love-of-Self are all-important in this creation of beauty.
 

Now I would say the same of a man – for he sees himself through the eyes of the Other who loves him.  Thus it is in the I-Thou relationship that we experience ourselves and see our reflected selves.

How are you with yourself?  And are you with someone who loves you and sees your Beauty, who makes you feel beautiful?  How are you reflected from his or her eyes? Are you, is he or she, on the love journey?

beautiful lifeBeauty is Love in connectedness. 

When something is divisive, tainted with impossible and false expectations, unnatural and oppressive standards, there is no beauty.  Herein our fascination with say, art and music – to be bound by their exquisite expression; each one of our experience different yet the same – moved, inspired, awed.

Beauty is the reflection of Love in spiritual connectedness.

A person who Loves from his or her very Being – body and mind, soul and spirit – is the true Beauty.

Wishing you love and beauty in your life,
– FlorenceT

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2 thoughts on “Love and beauty

  1. Col

    I seriously doubt Van Gogh had any limitations in mind when discussing love, and to suggest there are only four types of love is a self defeating and limiting exercise….

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    • I doubt he did either… the quote seems to be of Van Gogh referring to a universal love… As for the Greeks, well that’s their philosophy of ‘categorizing’ things even love… perhaps so we can better understand. Simplistic, perhaps? 🙂 Thank you for your comment.

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