There's a good reason I named my daughter Bella: I thought it was accurate for her to be called "Beautiful." I feel that way about all of us ... that who we are in essence is "full of beauty."
So, you know, I just called it like I saw it.
I also thought that being called "beauty" throughout her life would be nice. And super fun. You know how they call everyone "Bella" in Italy? ... I have always loved that (well, not so much the objectifying of women that might have been behind a lot of that, but I choose not to see it that way).
I've noticed something over the 10 years I've been doing The Work of Byron Katie as a practice ... that I notice more beauty. Just in everyday life and people.
I've become attuned -- sensitised -- to it.
It's a really lovely thing.
The intensity of that beauty grows very heightened in the midst of a days-long retreat in The Work ...
I walk outside and all of the colours are sharpened. There's a glow about everything and I can sense its aliveness. Honestly, it's the most amazing experience.
It's as if my eyes have been scrubbed clean. I know it has to do with my looking mechanism that is creating the effect ... It's my mind that has been scrubbed clean.
Being in the questioning, don't-know, open mind will do that.
We are so used to seeing through the veil of beliefs, as I call it, which dulls and obscures our perception of things. As a veil would quite literally do. You wouldn't want to have a veil covering your face every moment of your life, but we accept it because we don't know it's there.
But spend a bit of time doing The Work as a spiritual practice, and you'll start to see life, others, and yourself in a very different way. As it really is.
There's a beautiful reality out there happening ALL THE TIME that we're usually blind to.
The opening to reality, as it is, is beauty.
This is my experience ... the world is truly a beautiful place.