Beauty Balm

Beauty has a restorative quality to it that is indescribable. Immerse yourself in scenic tranquility  and a serenity steeps your soul slowly, silently. Before you know it, a new person is brewed. Whatever stress you might have felt is shed. For me, looking through my camera lens changes my breathing and my state of mind. I am transformed.

This morning I took a solo walk along the beach shore, exploring nooks and crannies, greeting the gulls, geese, and a couple of herons, and chatting with other visitors to the coast. The sun shimmered on the sea and my spirit simmered in the warm rays. Bathed in beauty, I shed burdens. I had not even realized I had dropped them willy-nilly on the beach. Mesmerized by the sea life, I walked quite a distance before even noticing the time. I had not brought water or a hat. I needed to return to where I was staying.

I had wondered prior to coming for this trip if I was yet ready to return to work in a week. I have slept so well here and walked daily. My friends have fed me well and ministered to many of my needs. I have garnered my inner strength. The beach balm has been successful. Beauty has given me that gentle nudge towards healing and for that I am grateful.



Reflection Questions

What slows you down enough to change your breathing?

How does beauty act as a balm for you?


You sprinkle beauty all around us

soothing our souls silently, slowly

bringing a balm that blesses before we know it.

Thank you, Creator, for transforming us

with a gentle touch and a generous heart.


About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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