Below is material related to Carla’s discussion on the dharma of beauty, 12/12/21.

“There can be no wakeful whole-hearted devotion to stand for anything of substance – justice or peace or the varied subtle ways we have of protecting all that is alive and therefore fragile – without wide-eyed, wonder smitten wakefulness to every little manifestation of beauty and aliveness.”
– Maria Popova

Everything is beautiful and I am so sad.
This is how the heart makes a duet of
wonder and grief. The light spraying
through the lace of the fern is as delicate
as the fibers of memory forming their web
around the knot in my throat. The breeze
makes the birds move from branch to branch
as this ache makes me look for those I’ve lost
in the next room, in the next song, in the laugh
of the next stranger. In the very center, under
it all, what we have that no one can take
away and all that we’ve lost face each other.
It is there that I’m adrift, feeling punctured
by a holiness that exists inside everything.
I am so sad and everything is beautiful.
– Mark Nepo

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