The Beauty In Totality

“Out of that joy, we begin to experience, visually, the beauty of the blue sky; the beauty of a red rose; the beauty of a white chrysanthemum; the beauty of chattering brooks; the beauty of the openness of the ocean, where sky and land meet; the beauty of sweet and sour; the beauty of music, high pitches and low; the beauty of experiencing warm or cool air; the beauty of eating a meal or drinking water; the beauty of learning when we feel that we are not learned enough — when we feel that we don’t have enough wisdom or vocabulary.

I don’t want to paint a pleasure-oriented picture alone. There is also the beauty of feeling too hot or humid on a summer day; the beauty of being too cold in the middle of winter; the beauty of discomfort as well as the beauty of pain … You might ask why we speak of beauty. The answer is that beauty here means fullness, totality — total experience. Our life is completely full even though we might be completely bored. Boredom creates aloneness and sadness, which are also beautiful. Beauty in this sense is the total experience of things as they are. It is totally realistic. It means that we can’t cheat ourselves — or anybody else, for that matter.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa