One influence in my childhood opened the door to a world where music and finery and art were not just frivolities, but vital for a balanced life filled with higher thought. That influence was ballet. I have never questioned the power of the world of aesthetics to soothe my soul since then.
Philippe de Montebello, the director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, says art showcases mankind's "awe-inspiring ability to surpass itself. No matter how bleak the times, you cannot wholly despair of the human condition."
How do you access divine beauty in your life?
Do you, as I did, need to find it in a place other than where you have learned to look?
p.s- Here's a site on the artistic process well worth visiting, when you've got a minute (or an hour): http://www.circlethedivine.com/