Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beauty offers ingredients for soul's stimulation

In her post "Valentino, Beauty, Passion and Soul" about the film Valentino: The Last Emperor, Katy Paul-Chowdhury includes Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul descriptions of beauty inviting contemplation, feeding imagination and inspiring passion.

Paul-Chowdhury blogs, "The film was surprisingly funny and touching, showing us the tetchy genius behind the smooth exterior as he contemplated the end of his magnificent career. It also provided a thrilling peek into the lives of people with great wealth, glamour, and privilege. I was particularly moved by his life-long passion for and commitment to beauty."

Following a passage from John O'Donohue's Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, she suggests, "So there’s Valentino, 45 years in the seemingly silly world of surfaces, socialites, and supermodels, living a life that is more consistently and deeply soulful than many of us ever achieve."

She concludes the post with Rumi:
"Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

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