8. Science

Bookends

 

I enjoy the morning hours. But then again, I love evening, too, especially dusk. I have often thought about what it is that makes these times so attractive. And while both have distinctive qualities that set them apart, they both also have features that make them similar.

 

For me, mornings provide the perfect space and time for thinking. Evenings, on the other hand, are wonderfully painted for laugher and dancing. Both are quiet and soft, with the beautifully muted light of sunrise in the morning and the colorful sunset in the evening.

 

Morning and evening are both transitional times. The morning is a time of waking, going from rest-to-work, while the evening transition is one of work-to-rest. Mealtimes in both the morning and evening are important: the morning meal to energize the mind (breakfast: proteins) and the evening meal to calm the mind and prepare it for sleep (dinner: carbohydrates).

 

The science of beauty attempts to explain and understand the nature of her effect on the human spirit. And while the channels of beauty may differ from person to person, the qualities of her enjoyment are the same for us all.

 

Day 8 Guide

 

Think about your daily cycle of waking, working and sleeping. When during of the course of the day are your senses of beauty most acutely aware? Are you a morning person or an evening person? Maybe you most enjoy the middle of the day. Or if you’re like me, you enjoy both morning and evening — the “bookends of the day.”

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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