Simple beauty

In a wood
By the path
In among the brambles
There it stood
Trees all around
Grass and branches
Birds and bees
There it stood

Nothing else to equal it
Only noticed by those aware
There it stood
There was no scent
There were no signs
There it stood

We search all over
We desire it all the time
Yet there it stood
There it stood for all to see
Yet no one noticed
It was not in lights

There it stood
There in the woods
Simple beauty

It’s beyond our skins

What truly matters about us and other humans that we share this planet with is beyond our skins.

The outer shell does not matter, yet we are conditioned to care about how we look and what others might think of how we look. It has become addictive, compulsive behaviour and for some, it deeply affects their self-worth and mental health. For others it is a source of anxiety, for some, it’s abuse from others.

It consumes many of us on a daily basis, our exterior image that lives in our minds. We will do anything to protect it and avoid it being attacked.

However, the truly important stuff is contained within our skins, that is our kindness, our love, our empathy, our mind, our intelligence, our energy, our soul and so on. The real person is inside, the outside is a mask we put on for the world to protect the self-image.

The reason we judge others by colour, race, appearance etc is that it is taught to us and is not how we are born. We have to learn to judge.

We are taught to behave according to what our eyes see, not what we hear, feel, sense, or instinctively know. We are conditioned by society to look at the wrapper and not to see what is within.

Every single one of us at some point in our lives will have dismissed other people simply based on a judgement we have made about their exterior image which has been imprinted on us by society, what is attractive or not and so on. Just think how many amazing people we have missed by not going beyond their skins.

The magic is inside every single one of us.