Unselfing

Beauty, (Iris) Murdoch argues, gave us an opportunity for an “unselfing.” She writes:

I am looking out my window in an anxious and resentful state of mind, oblivious of my surroundings, brooding perhaps on some damage done to my prestige. Then suddenly I observe a hovering kestrel. In a moment everything is altered. The brooding self with its hurt vanity has disappeared. There is nothing now but kestrel. And when I return to thinking of the other matter it seems less important.

Chloé Cooper Jones, Easy Beauty: A Memoir (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster, April 5, 2022)


Notes:

  • Kestrel. Cardinal. Same. Shot taken of Red Cardinal overhead this morning @ 8 am in backyard.
  • Photos from Daybreak walk this morning here.

Comments

  1. “Unselfing” – I like it.

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  2. beautiful

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  3. The truth !

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Beautiful … “There is nothing now but kestrel. And when I return to thinking of the other matter it seems less important.” — Chloé Cooper Jones, Easy Beauty: A Memoir (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster, April 5, 2022).

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  5. So healing to look out beyond the little self. This morning, for me, it was the site of a bunny in my yard…so sweet…before the squirrels began frolicking around.

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  6. What a shot!

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  7. Yeah, sometimes we just need to get over ourselves. Happens to me all the time when I see some little creature in trouble out in my yard, or when I see rabbit fur and bird feathers that are no longer attached. The focus shifts from me, me, me – to them.

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  8. Exquisite photos this morn, all! Again! Writing (or photographing!) easily unselfs one, too. I think that’s why we love these and all the arts. Meditating, too. (And maybe running — I’ll never know, lol!)

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