I've written elsewhere about the Navajo word "hozho", which we
translate loosely into "beauty". But again, the meaning is much deeper
than that. This McCloud essay comes very close to describing certain aspects of
the Navajo view--which, if truly comprehended (and we Caucasians can't
fully do so)--represents living a whole lifetime surrounded by "beauty".
(Think the 13th Article of Faith again. It also comes close.)
A beautiful, spiritual essay by one who is sensitive to beauty. I loved the
Callister and Carson quotes, but the McCloud paragraph starting "Since
beauty feeds our spirits" is just as refined and insightful. This piece
cultivates feelings of peace. Bravo!
The earth is indeed verdant at this time of year, and it is good to be reminded
to appreciate the beauty all around us every day. Love the Rilke quote!!
Wonderful insights. From a slightly different angle, it is too bad that
today's society holds low regard for those who design, develop, build and
maintain our beautiful gardens.