November | Now I Walk In Beauty...

The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 10th November 2017 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.


READINGS

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. 
Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." 
- Anonymous


We Touch Bounty
by Alison Trower  

Seek beauty and you will find it. 
he more you find it the more
it abounds. 
Often we do not locate beauty in our selves.
Sometimes we are so well rehearsed
at listing what upsets us
our senses can lose the knack of
perceiving beauty. 
Let us reteach ourselves to
open the floodgates to beauty. 
There is bounty. 
It presses at our toes.


The human soul is hungry for beauty… When we experience the Beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming. Some of our most wonderful memories are beautiful places where we felt immediately at home. We feel most alive in the presence of the Beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul. For a while the strains of struggle and endurance are relieved and our frailty is illuminated by a different light in which we come to glimpse behind the shudder of appearances and sure form of things. In the experience of beauty we awaken and surrender in the same act. Beauty brings a sense of completion and sureness. Without any of the usual calculation, we can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us.’

John O’Donohue


MUSIC

For each gathering we make available a playlist of the music used throughout the ceremony. You can listen to and follow these playlist on Spotify: 

9959E90F-148B-48A7-8905-274EC8A52DA7.JPG