Discussion Questions, Storytelling, Sharing
- In German the word "beautiful" is related to shining. A beautiful person is one whose inner brilliance permeates his or her entire being. Tell your family or friends about your most memorable encounter with a person who was shining.
- Share a story about a beautiful place that comforted, restored, or inspired you.
- Recall a time when a work of art revealed to you the intrinsic beauty in something you had considered ugly or disagreeable. What does this experience reveal about the nature of beauty?
- Did your parents encourage your appreciation of beauty? What did they do? How is this quality honored in your present home?
This exercise, "Walk in Beauty," is based on a Navajo prayer.
Close your eyes. Breathe out three long, slow exhalations.
See and sense beauty before you. . . . See and sense beauty behind you. . . . See and sense beauty above you. . . . See and sense beauty below you. . . . See and sense beauty all around you.
Breathe out one time. See and feel yourself walking in beauty. . . . Know that it is finished in beauty. How are you feeling?
Breathe out again and open your eyes.
- For one week, or seven entries, describe and react to beauties: (1) a beauty experienced in childhood, (2) a beauty experienced at school or work, (3) a beauty in nature, (4) a beauty in your home, (5) a surprising beauty, (6) something most people consider to be beautiful, (7) something few people consider to be beautiful.
- Read Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "Pied Beauty" (reprinted in most collections). Write about the beauty of (1) a dappled thing, (2) the gear, tackle, and trim of a trade, (3) something counter, (4) something original, (5) something spare, (6) something strange, and (7) something fickle.