Look closely. The beautiful may be small.
~ Immanuel Kant
I listened to one of Tara Brach’s talks this morning (Love in Action: Realizing Inter-Being). I’m still pondering and processing, and I thought I might try to write down what it is I am thinking and feeling. Or maybe I’ll just ramble around for a while and see where it leads. I never know where I’ll go when I sit down to write, even if/when I have a subject in mind.
So much of what Ms. Brach talked about hit home with me on a variety of levels and ways. Of the many things that stood out, one was something she said about Immanuel Kant and the difference between moral acts and beautiful acts. Moral acts come from a sense of duty or obligation. Beautiful acts come from a place that is deeper and more aligned with our hearts. I am paraphrasing from Tara Brach’s talk. I think that is the general idea. A search for what Kant actually said about it is turning up everything except something short and sweet to sum it all up, and most of what I found deals with moral acts rather than beautiful acts.
I found this among a bunch of quotes from Kant: “An action, to have moral worth, must be done from duty.” But what is a beautiful act? Is it, as Tara Brach says, a form of love in action? It seems to me it must be. Acting from a place of love, from the depths of the heart, surely must involve beauty in some form.
For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.
~ Immanuel Kant
I’ve lost my train of thought. It was for a good cause/reason. My father called and we chatted for an hour or so. He’s in good spirits and fine form, recovered from his bout with Covid (if that’s what it was — seems likely since it was in the house, literally). They have lifted mask mandates up his way (they are lifting them here, too) and he’s enjoying getting back into things that were cancelled during the pandemic.
I’m not sure it’s wise to be lifting mask mandates, but I’m not in charge of the world. I will continue to be careful, to wear a mask when I’m in public places, and maybe, with time, I’ll be proven wrong. But it seems to me the powers that be are trying to appease the noisy minority who are making such pests of themselves. The squeaky wheel, as they say. It’s also, I think, a form of denial. People want to be over it so let’s pretend it’s over and get on with our lives. Time will tell if that’s the right thing to do or not.
I’ve been busy with all sorts of things lately. Writing, art journaling, learning about Chromium Oxide Green in the Monopalette workshop, walking/hiking, and building up my strength. I’ve been growing somewhat weak lately, struggling with pain and having trouble doing simple things. It occurred to me that I have not had any kind of consistent strength training throughout the course of the pandemic. I would drag out weights or a resistance band, along with a workout on a DVD, and attempt to get back to a regular practice. After a week or two, I’d drop the whole business until I happened to think of it again. As wonderful as yoga and walking are, they do not build the kind of muscle and strength I need even for the simplest of everyday tasks. I’ve certainly read enough articles about how we lose muscle when we age, but you know how the mind works. That advice is for everyone else. Not for me. Right? (Wrong.)
I signed up for Bodyweight Stars at Mindful Strength. Kathryn Bruni-Young was one of the guest speakers during the Anti-200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training I took. I’ve been following her videos on Instagram since that time, and have often thought I should join her membership or sign up for one of her classes. So, I did. And then… I was afraid I might have impulsively and rashly jumped into something that was WAY over my capabilities with Bodyweight Stars. That has turned out not to be true. Kathryn is excellent at teaching modifications and progression. I am not doing push-ups on the floor right now, but I might be by the end of this 8-week course. And if I’m not there yet? That’s okay, too. Maybe I’ll be there after another 8 weeks of consistent practice and progression.
Although there have only been two sessions so far, I already feel a difference in my walking and in my everyday activities. M and I went on a 4.5 mile hike on the Virginia (Chincoteague) side of Assateague Island on Saturday. It was mostly soft sand and we were exhausted when we finished, but we finished. Better yet, I wasn’t knackered for days afterwards. A little tired and a little sore, but mostly I have been feeling pretty good.
I reckon that’s about it from me for today. It’s a bit of a Tuesday meander, isn’t it? Thank you so much for visiting and meandering along with me. Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset this evening. We’ve had some gorgeous sunsets lately, especially on the calm days when the water reflects the sky. Sunset is scheduled for 5:41 PM. It’s chilly today so you’ll want to bundle up. Tomorrow we’ll start warming up again.
Please be safe, be well, and find a little time for beauty, maybe even acts of beauty. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,971) Chromium oxide green. I didn’t care much for the color at first, seeing it more as an institutional kind of green or the green of Army camouflage. Now that I’m seeing it through nature, I’m coming to appreciate it much more. 1,972) Growing stronger through good, progressive exercise and the Bodyweight Stars program. 1,973) Long hikes with my favorite hiking partner. We took a picnic lunch with us so that we could take our time and enjoy the views as well as the exercise. 1,974) Planning longer hikes with my favorite hiking partner. 1,975) Last evening’s Zoom chat with the Little Wookie and the Little Peanut. They showed us the Valentine’s Day cards and treats they received. It was fun. Kind of like our own little Valentine’s Day party.