Beauty is a form of grace. It lights up our faces. It lights up the world. Try these beautiful prayers from The Secrets of Mindful Beauty.
Morning Reflection and Recollection
Recollection is a method used in meditation training and many spiritual traditions. It refers to the gathering up of your thoughts through attention and concentration to transform them into a powerful intention. Recollecting is also spiritual practice, and a ‘collect’ is a form of ancient prayer still used today.
So start your day with a beautiful intention.
In front of a mirror, take a moment to study your reflection. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, concentrating your mind. Open your eyes to your reflection. Read or recite the following spoken meditation:
On this day, I resolve to see beauty.
I see beauty within. I see beauty without.
I see beauty in nature. I see beauty in man-and-woman-made things.
I see beauty in others. I see beauty in myself.
I create beauty in my mind. I create beauty in my heart. I create beauty in my body.
Today, I intend to feel beautiful, sense beauty, and think beautiful thoughts.
This is a beautiful gift I share with others and give myself.
Evening Reflection and Recollection
Gratitude is a beautiful emotion. Giving daily thanks for all the beautiful and good in the world is a transformative practice.
The aim of old ‘collects’ was to gather up the prayers of the people. Collects remind us that our desires – for health, safety, peace, prosperity, love and beauty – are both singular and universal. We are one of a kind; yet one of many. Recollecting brings us into a fuller experience of the world and our place in it.
So end your day with gratitude.
In front of a mirror, take a moment to study your reflection. Close your eyes, and breathe deeply, concentrating your mind. Open your eyes to your reflection. Read or recite the following spoken meditation:
I give thanks for this beautiful day.
I give thanks for the beauty I have encountered and shared.
For beauties seen by my eyes, thought by my brain and felt in my heart,
For all beauty seen and unseen, known and unknown,
I give thanks.
May my awareness expand to appreciate more forms of beauty in the world.
May all beings be cherished and recognized as beautiful.
May this night bring peace and beautiful dreams to all.
Stay mindful. Stay beautiful. Go with grace.