He came over to visit us again and we got lost in his eyes as he smiled and cooed. To watch him grow and change is pretty miraculous. The joy that overcomes your insides when a baby smiles back at you… It feels like the ultimate connection. There is nothing but love and trust in their eyes. No matter how old we get, I believe we still have that little piece of pureness inside of us. My life goal is to connect to that place inside of me as much as I possibly can before I possibly can’t anymore. Thomas Merton speaks this sentiment so beautifully. Can you imagine?
“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.”
Look for the secret beauty. First in you. Then it will be easier to see it in others. Strange how hard the practice is to let go of all that shame and self-criticism, all the lies we tell ourselves, or have been told. Maybe they aren’t true and you have a secret beauty that you locked up and forgot about too.