Thinking about how beauty and truth intersect. . . . .It’s a classic. Yoga poses are inherently visually striking when performed well. One of the rewards of teaching yoga is to catch a student in a pose that is BEAUTIFUL for him or her. Sometimes I must just stand back and clap in appreciation.
I’ll inevitably say “Now, THAT’S your pose!”
We all have this capacity for holding truth within us. Yoga teaches us to have a BEAUTIFUL life as well as a TRUTHFUL life.
Please spend some time WATCHING your teachers and your classmates as they practice/perform their poses. Let the BEAUTY and the TRUTH of the asana invade you and imprint upon you like your fav song lyrics. You know — the ones you hear and then can’t get out of your head! Asana can imprint upon you in just that way, if you invite it.
A few years ago, I was creating and conducting workshops on poems influenced by artwork, trying to inspire folks to marry the two fields in unusual and insightful ways. There are many poems now that use artwork as inspiration or that include their words in visual representations. There are entire collections wherein poets have used the visual arts for their MUSE just as there have been art shows focusing on WORD ART.
Here’s a poem I wrote a couple of years ago on the subject of truth and beauty. Thinking about Keat, of course — and please do listen to his poem read out loud using the link below my poem.
The sun rises
Every breath breathes
The heart drums
Truth is a bed in crumpled linen
A pillow limp from cranial weight
An open book flat upon the floor—
another page unread
Light flicks through dust motes and glistens
A cloud undulates in the bathroom
The towel damp on the rack
A night of nothingness dissolves
On the floor forgotten pajamas
Naked the day opens
Beauty is a bowl spoon and cup
ready on the wooden table
A coffeepot humming its routine
The mouth moistens
while sunshine pours
its sweet sauce through the shades
Do spend a meditative moment or two listening to a Fabulous rendition of Keat’s classic, Ode on a Grecian Urn. You won’t be sorry, promise!
I’m still trying to figure out ways to make these blog awards meaningful to you, my readers. I will gladly entertain your thoughts on the subject. In the meanwhile, I’m following BlissChick’s lead – using them as a chance to highlight some of the blogs I’ve been reading and enjoying lately. These particular blogs have a BEAUTIFUL look to them as well as content-rich posts.
CULINARY BAZAAR – makes food look so good, my belly starts to growl just reading the recipes
YOGA, the MIND and CULTURE – a sister on the yoga journey with artwork that really highlights her posts and makes them even more arresting
CHANGETHERAPY – a blogger who covers a lot of territory on her blog and I find her posts enriching as well as beautiful beyond the surface. Hint: Take a peek at some of her Wordless Wednesday posts; I love them.
YOGA for CYNICS – an outrageous attitude that is uplifting without trying, or even wanting to be – has a knack for beautiful images too though I think he collects them from around the web
BUDDAOFHOLLYWOOD – a tender one with a flair for creating zen stories just when you need them!
Do you think that Truth is beauty and Beauty is Truth…do you think that THAT is all you need to know?