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Beauty is...a heart inflamed and a soul enchanted

Today's entry is courtesy of my dear friend, the lovely and talented Reverend Valerie.

She sends a weekly email to our congregation as a way of keeping in touch between Sundays. I found this week's message incredibly uplifting, both Gibran's words from The Prophet (an amazing book) and Valerie's own reflections.

I forwarded the email to a couple women at work, one of whom said: "now I totally get why you two connect, this so reminds me of you, it's like something I'd read on your blog." And it is something she'd read on my blog because I share it here with you now!

Valerie's email:

Good morning one and all!

Kahlil Gibran writes “Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

In winter say the snow-bound, 'She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.' And in the summer heat the reapers say, ‘We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.’ All these things have you said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied. And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, but rather a heart inflamed and a soul enchanted. It is not an image you would see nor a song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror but you are an eternity and you are the mirror.”

As I sat at my desk this morning and the sun shone through my office widow I picked up “The Prophet” and this is what it fell open to. I was particularly struck by the line, “a heart inflamed and a soul enchanted”, and as I read there was a peaceful feeling that filled my being. I was reminded that there is beauty all around and inherent in our daily life. What a blessing! Sometimes that beauty is revealed in a simple smile that touches the soul; a hug that communicates belonging; the sun shining; or the rain coming. Perhaps is in the words that are spoken between friends or strangers. Perhaps it is in the silence of the moment. But most importantly is the reminder that each of us is beauty.



[By the way, I edited out the announcements and notices...pretty sure the weekly goings on in our church community would not be all that interesting to most of those reading my blog! Although I could take this chance to remind Lynn and Mom to stay for our annual meeting after the service on Sunday...lol]

Comments (5)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, I loved this post. Beauty is indeed all around and in us and thanks to Valerie and to you for writing this entry to remind us.

Beautiful post Anne. Thank you so much.


Thanks Kathy, I knew these words would speak to your beautiful self :) Enjoy your day!


I liked the message the first time around (from Valerie) and perhaps even more the second time around (in your blog). Enough to inspire me to stay for the annual meeting, however? Don't know about that, sister!

Thanks for your post. I almost forgot about Gibran. I read many of his publications in Arabic when I went to school in Palestine. I also have written an essay about him and his work for my Arabic Literature class.


Lynn, so...no need to save you a seat, then? Too funny!

Candi, that is SO cool!! I bet his poetry and writing is amazing in Arabic. Do you still have your essay? (Maybe you should post it on your blog...hint, hint!)

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