What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.
"Ever since I was little, I’ve been concerned about what others think of me. Of course, everyone has some people-pleasing tendencies—who doesn’t want people to like them or make their parents proud? But for me, and for many women I know, the feeling of needing approval and not wanting to say no is pervasive—and makes us into borderline doormats." [Read Article]
"...awe imbues people with a different sense of themselves, one that is smaller, more humble and part of something larger. Our research finds that even brief experiences of awe, such as being amid beautiful tall trees, lead people to feel less narcissistic and entitled and more attuned to the common humanity people share with one another." [Read Article]
Forgiving yourself for your failings is a constant struggle. It can be hard to know what forgiving yourself means much less how to do it. This Lent, if you would like to experience more peace in your heart, I would encourage you to give up beating up on yourself.