Beauty already exists everywhere and in everything. Our job is to look for it.
Stop thinking. Stop doing. Just be still for a moment and cast aside any distractions. You cannot fully appreciate something if your mind is elsewhere. Ideally you should be able to slowly count to 60 without your mind wandering to something else.
You might have to use a bit of imagination to get going, but once you’re there it’s difficult to stop.
Begin to notice your surroundings. Don’t dwell too long on one thing. Just take in your environment and sink further into that state of non-thinking and non-doing.
Pick one thing close to you and study it intensely. Notice the beauty in its complexity and the complexity it its simplicity. For example, look at how all of the thousands of blades of grass fold over each other and quiver together in the wind. Or how the wood grain in your dining room table contains endless patterns marking the growth of the tree that it once was.
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” Morris West
“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” Milton Erickson
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Unknown