Be With Beauty  is one of my Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. I have been neglecting this one.  So as an amends will make Thursday’s Posts Be With Beauty Posts at least for the next month. 


Fungi captured by Emotional Fitness Training’s Be With Beauty Photographer Trevor O’Keefe, a person facing many struggles, but who has an eye for beauty that helps him and others stay strong

Beauty is all around us, but too often we fail to notice.   This emotional fitness exercise asks  you to periodically stop and focus on whatever is beautiful where you are. When you find it, here is how to be with it:

Take a slow, deep breath in, hold, focus, breathe out slowly, smile and say “Ahhh” or “Thank you.”

Thich Nan Hahn’s tells us “The rose is in the garbage, the garbage is in the rose.”  As the link shows he was thinking about our tendency to think in dualities–a habit that is  limiting and part of the human tendency to make things simple or worse to divide people into categories. I chose the above picture because fungi is not usually associated with beauty.  But when you seek beauty with an open mind and wise eyes, you will find it everywhere.

The purpose of the Be With Beauty Exercise is to have you exercise the ability to find  beauty in uncommon places.   Doing so takes you out of the ordinary and strengthens your Beauty soothes.

Staying Strong:    Share your pictures of beauty by  becoming one of my Emotional Fitness Be With Beauty Photographers.  You will also be Practicing Kindness, another of the daily twelve.  Any one interested in sharing their pictures should contact EFTI at [email protected]  Pictures you want posted can be sent to that address in  jpeg or gif format.  When you send me a picture, you should  include  a note stating how you want to be recognized.

Not all pictures will be accepted.  Nature pictures – meaning mountains, lakes, forests flowers.  I generally do not accept pictures of animals or people unless as a minor feature. As I type this I realize I would love some pictures of old folks that show the beauty of aging. As a cranky old one – called a cow by some – I am tired of the promotion of model like beauty.

Here is a picture that shows what I mean of animals or people as minor features. This is of our dearly departed dog Whisper following David on in a trail at the Capital Reef Park. 

Whisper Captial Reef

I love rocks and many do not think of rocks as beautiful.  But as Thich Nah Hahn says it all depends on how you define or think about beauty. So here one of my rock pictures.


I leave you with this poster quote to think about.

However, I think the more you share beauty the more you move the world toward peace.  So, if you like this post share it with another.  You might also find visiting me at Emotional Fitness Training’s Be With Beauty Board on Pinterest.  

Thank you for your support.


DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY.  It is a self-care, self-help educational program. Therapy is about healing, Emotional Fitness Training is about strengthening.

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