Beauty and Balance within Lovingkindness - the quality of Tiferet within Chesed - what a special combination on Day 3 of the Omer Count! I designated Tiferet (in the heart chakra area) as green, so the other circles of Sefirot are a combination of green with the yellow-gold of Chesed.
Apprently the 3rd day of the Omer was also Earth Day in 2011. This year I was at wonderful lecture / slide show, The Global Art Scene: Philadelphia to Shanghai, presented by Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof of www.theartblog.org. They are critics who stretch my mind, challenge my thinking, expand my learning, and nourish my soul.
Much of what they were pointing to in their comprehensive slide show of contemporary art, even when some of the images were difficult or painful, was the need to balance "beauty" in the larger sense with compassion and lovingkindness. Art that makes astute commentary on our social ills, whether relating to race, class, gender, the environment, war, or poverty, is in a sociological, and indeed spiritual, sense coming from a place of compassion, in the sense of desire for a better world. How could that not be the case at this point in history?