More and more, I am moved by the virtue and esoteric value of the aesthetic and the aesthetic life. Beauty has become for me one of my most dependable guides as I gallop (or merely trot) towards eudaimonia (greek for a contented state of being, healthy, happy, balanced, of radiant body and awakened genius). To be moved by beauty, to be naturally inclined towards it, is as deep-seated as any of the primal features I know of. It is in our souls. To become a proponent of beauty not only brings about a greater array of beautiful things into ones life, it also carries with it a multitude of most profound effects. This is because, as I have come to realise (within natural systems at least), beauty is both messenger and message. It is both guide and and the spoon that feeds.
The therapeutic effects of sungazing were not discovered in the classroom or cave. They were realised organically via direct captivation with the most beautiful, transcendental period of the day - sunrise and sunset 🌅. We rose early to witness the marvel and became uplifted. We were healed in the process. Not just in relation to the soul, but physically/mentally we were nourished. Beauty mesmerises us into healthy cycles and routines. An allegiance of which only pays dividends. Today, I sungaze every evening (my retinas "uploading" the full diversity of light frequencies) not because I particularly have the goal or schedule of sungazing on my mind, but merely because I am so moved to be outside at golden hour, to witness and be party to the biggest show in town (short of the Aurora's coming that is ✨). Beauty was my guide.
Of the food I wish and favour to eat, I choose what is most beautiful: in colour, by shape, by the sumptuousness of form. The unparalleled allure of the ripe fruit, the curves (and those blossoms) of the 🍑🍒stone fruits, the dark purple of dulse, strewn across a rainbow bonanza of plants, the vibrant orange intensity of sea buckthorn oil on a spoon, the golden brown divinity of sycamore syrup simmering away. ⭐️Continued in the comments.