How to Find Beauty

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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.

Beauty

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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Privilege Check – freedom of religion

A reminder that the freedom of religion that so many of us take for granted is not a universal right. "When I was born, the strength of atheism was already declining in the Soviet Union. Yet, the ghost of atheism, and horrible memories of the Stalinist assault on Islam and Muslims were still very alive …

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Oh Happy Misery!

This is a now a very un-topical rant I wrote some years ago, on the 17th April 2014. Once it was out of my system I decided against posting it as my blood pressure had returned to normal and saner bloggers had expressed my feelings in calm, considered words without resorting to excessive exclamation marks. […]