I believe beauty surrounds us. There is beauty in my children's presence, in the flowers of my balcony, in the songs I listen. I mostly have experienced beauty in connectedness with people. It's beautiful when they see me or I get glance of them.
Emptiness and compassion do go hand in hand for me... any presence of emotion, be it anger or joy brings in elevated sense of response whereas when there is shunyata there is uniform sense of compassion towards all.
When you live in a relationship which is non-receptive, long enough...you eventually grow non reactive and be conscious, for this natural process of knowing although you do pay a heavy price of living in a dead relationship.