All This Beauty

by Starla J. King on May 1, 2014

All this beauty
You might have to close your eyes
And slowly open wide
All this beauty, we traveled all night
We drank the ocean dry
And watched the sun rise
[Lyrics from “All this Beauty” by the Weepies]

Sometimes we don’t need to make a point.

Sometimes we don’t need to have a plan.

Sometimes we don’t need to act within a strategy.

Sometimes we just need to center ourselves in the midst of beauty and, as the Weepies say, slowly open wide.

Not because it’s just a sweet and nice little thing to do, but because seeing beauty, experiencing beauty compels us to create more of it.

“Beauty drives copies of itself,” says neurologist & writer Alice M Flaherty in her book “The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain,” then she goes on to explain in detail how the brain (yep, science) influences our “drive toward beauty and meaning,” particularly as it applies to creativity.  (Consider this a teaser for a future blog post; I’ll write more about that once I understand it better myself!)

So in this post, I simply offer you a few shots of beauty.  May it drive copies of itself in and around you.  (All photos © Starla J. King)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy May 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

~ drive toward beauty and meaning~ Can’t wait to hear more!
Those photo’s!


Starla j May 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Nancy, I think you’d find that book intriguing.

Thinking about how photos capture moments of beauty and keep them alive.


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