The Beauty of Being is the Truth of a Woman

This week, I am participating in August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest (IV). It is an honor to support boaw-logo-2015-originalAugust in her tireless work to help women recognize how remarkably beautiful they are—just as they are.

The beauty of a woman is in her having the freedom to be who she is, free to evolve as the unique human she was born to be.

The unfolding of the beauty of a woman knows no barriers for it is within her body to give life, should she choose. In this, she is one with the earth.

Yet, the world of a woman is not equal in opportunity or access. That we still cannot find equanimity in the most basic difference between human beings—gender—speaks volumes about where we are and how far we have to go.

If we cannot equally support men and women in their pursuit of living their truth–and what else is beauty–how we can possibly eliminate the other labels that diminish each one of us?

We are one, each of us a unique thread, our own blend of beauty that is our moment in the tapestry of existence. That the beauty of a woman unfolds with all other human beings is the only opportunity she ever needs.

Perhaps beauty is the key to the door of equality that we cannot seem to unlock. Far too often beauty has been seen as a barrier rather than as an avenue to equanimity.

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
“For beauty,” I replied.
“And I for truth, -the two are one;
We brethren are,” he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

~Emily Dickinson~

We are one in our humanness more than we are separate. Unique, yes, but we are not diminished by each other. Rather, we are truly increased. Our truth is our beauty—our path.

As of yet, we are not comfortable in our beauty so we cannot lie down with our truth. We are not yet on the path of equanimity but that we have not given up is to our credit.

To realize the full potential of humanity is to see the beauty in every woman as her truth, her unique contribution to the worldwide web of human beings.  There is no one path for everyone but for everyone there is a path.

Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

In the ecstasy of life lies equanimity.

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(The Blog Fest runs  through March 1, 2015. You can read other blog fest posts here. )

41 thoughts on “The Beauty of Being is the Truth of a Woman

  1. The beauty of a woman is in her having the freedom to be who she is, free to evolve as the unique human she was born to be…. AMEN SISTER!

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  2. So nice to read your words, Karen, especially this line: We are one, each of us a unique thread, our own blend of beauty that is our moment in the tapestry of existence. I also enjoyed this quote: Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia. More and more, I find such joy in the every day, the road as it were. It is as if I am now able to explore because I am no longer searching for the road. I just am. 🙂
      Karen

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  3. “Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.” I’ve printed this out (several copies) and placed them where I will access them often. Thank you for the gift of these words and for inspiring me to find out more about the speaker. What greater goal is there in life than to enjoy the beauty and wisdom of the journey and to share that message. BOAW rocks!

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    1. It is a lovely quote, isn’t it? Beyond that, if we will just enjoy the road we have, we will live a life of equanimity for ours is a life of ecstasy. Thanks so much for stopping by, Patricia.
      Karen

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    1. Thank you, Eli. As I mentioned to August, it was in the re-reading of the poem that I became curious about beauty as a barrier when it is the avenue. I am still mulling this over. Glad you enjoyed the post.
      Karen

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    1. I believe I first found that poem in 6th grade or junior high but my memory is not always accurate. Then, it was the opening line–teenage angst, no doubt–now, it is the kinship of truth and beauty–an old woman aging contentedly. Thanks, Audrey.
      Karen

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  4. love your quotes. Truth makes for beauty in my mind. No lines from trying to remember what I said, if I always tell the truth. Funny thing is the older I get, the more I am willing to talk about age and aging. It is such a privilege to be here on earth, aging steadily. so many of my friends have already passed on I know to bless every day. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I am right there with you in every respect. I am enjoying aging for it seems I am so much more aware of the world. That is not always easy but for me, awareness has meant a broadening of perspective. Truth and beauty as one is now comfortable for me. Thanks for stopping by, Louise.
      Karen

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  5. Another wonderful post, my friend. Living our truth-is there anything that comes closer to defining kindness? Love everything about this post. Well done, as always.

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    1. I an with you, Stephanie. What else is kindness other than living the truth of who we are. And for that matter, not only is that beautiful but perhaps it is the beauty of compassion as well. Glad you enjoyed the post, my friend. Means a great deal.
      Karen

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  6. “To realize the full potential of humanity is to see the beauty in every woman as her truth, her unique contribution to the worldwide web of human beings.” LOVE IT!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! I am quite a fan of quotes, as you can see. I had not planned on using the Dickinson poem and then…it popped into my mind. As I mentioned to August, I saw something new. I agree, truth and beauty are one.
      Karen

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  7. What a poignant, insightful post, Karen! Poetic, and I absolutely agree on the need for equality. I’ve never thought of beauty as a gateway — now I do. Thank you!

    I particularly love this: “We are one, each of us a unique thread, our own blend of beauty that is our moment in the tapestry of existence. That the beauty of a woman unfolds with all other human beings is the only opportunity she ever needs.”

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    1. As many times as I have read that Emily Dickinson poem, this is the first time that I saw beauty as an avenue. Maybe it has just taken more years of living–I don’t know–but beauty as a gateway is powerful, isn’t it?

      Again, thank you August for all you do for women. This blog fest is absolutely great. What incredible posts! ❤
      Karen

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