How to Find Beauty


Polynesian Island

I came across four beautiful, reflective short talks by Gai Eaton online some time ago. Ideally, they are best read outdoors, in a garden or park. Here’s the first one, in full.


I returned the other day from a holiday in France, staying for a while with friends in the South. They have bought an old farmhouse, right up in the mountains, and rebuilt it with space for a dozen or more people. Both husband and wife are trained psychologists, and they hold courses for townspeople who’ve lost all sense of purpose in their lives. They try to help people who are not exactly sick, but who are empty, and I’m sure they do help them. But I’m equally sure that the astonishing beauty of the landscape in which that farmhouse is set also contributes to the healing process, for healing is related to wholeness and, in…

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