19. The Principle of Beauty

The world is quite a busy place. Everywhere you look there seems to be some sort of movement – movement of people, animals and natural phenomena like rain and snow. But some things remain relatively still, like boulders and trees, for example — things that have no means of locomotion. Moving them requires an outside force like a bulldozer, a flood, or a heavy wind.

 

Music of the Spheres

 

As passengers aboard Spaceship Earth we are in constant motion. Cycling every 24 hours on its imaginary axis, our Spaceship is also orbiting around the sun every 365 days. The ancient thinker Pythagoras considered the movement of planets to be in accordance with mathematical principles, a theory he also correctly ascribed to music. The movement of these heavenly orbs was a musical dance that followed a beautiful pattern of numbers — the original principle and cause of the universe. Beauty for Pythagoras was attributable to patterns and the order of things.

 

We live within the structure and limits of repeating events that form the very fabric of beauty. The shortest cycle we encounter is the cycle of a day, the lunar month follows, and then the change of seasons, which represents the cycle of a year.

 

Day 19 Guide

Be sensitive, my friend, to change, and enjoy this season of magic. Pay close attention to the beautiful light of day and how it touches your spirit.

 

The morning shadows softly sleeping,

Stretched out on a frosted light,

And touched a soul of seasoned weeping,

To raise her from despair.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

 

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