Love changes the way we see ourselves and others.
We feel beautiful when we are loved,
and to evoke an awareness of beauty in another
is to give them a precious gift they will never lose.
When we say from our heart to someone:
'You are beautiful',
it is more than a statement or platitude,
it is a recognition and invocation of the dignity,
grandeur and grace of their spirit.
There is something in the nature of beauty
that goes beyond personality,
image and fashion.
When we affirm another's beauty,
we affirm something that cannot be owned
or drawn into the grid of small mindedness
or emotional need.
There is profound nobility in beauty
that can elevate a life,
bring it into harmony with the artistry
of its eternal source and destination.
Perhaps Beauty does not linger
because she wishes to whet our appetite
and refine our longing
so that we enter more fully
into the limitless harvest
of our inner inheritance.
from 'Divine Beauty'