Friday, January 4, 2008
Daily Inspiration: I am Beautiful
I've been honest with you all about my weight gain and various attempts to lose it, even started a separate blog to focus on those issues. I've gone back & forth with diets, exercise, etc., revealing my progresses and setbacks. I know it's an issue, I know it has to be done, but was just tired of the whole thing and took a break from it over the holiday season. I just needed some time to deal with other stresses in my life, enjoy my family & friends without constantly worrying about what I put in my mouth. However, a hurtful remark made over the holiday season has brought these issues very much to the forefront again. I ranted, I cried, I confronted the person who hurt me, I turned for consolation to my children and lover...I berated myself, I spent a couple of weeks filled with self-loathing and disappointment. Then I got angry, attempted to make changes too quickly and ended up with a back injury that had me laid up on the couch for days and still causes daily pain. Finally, I licked my wounds, took an honest look at myself and am now ready to move forward in a healthy, positive way. In the meantime, this lovely OM arrived to inspire and remind me that beauty is more than the numbers on the scale or what I see in the mirror. Thank you to the Universe for sending that message just when I needed it the most.
January 2, 2008
You Are Beautiful
Many of us do not take the time to notice and acknowledge how beautiful we are as humans. We may be great lovers of beauty, seeing it in the people, places, and things around us, while completely missing it in ourselves. Some of us feel that it is vain to consider our appearance too much, or we may find that when we look at ourselves, all we see are imperfections. Often we come to the mirror with expectations and preconceived notions about beauty that blind us from seeing ourselves clearly. As a result, we miss the beauty that is closest to us, the beauty we are. Sometimes we see our beauty in a shallow way, noticing how well we are conforming to social norms, but failing to see the deeper beauty that shines out from within and that will continue to shine regardless of how we measure up to society’s ideal.
If we can cut through all these obstacles and simply appreciate how beautiful we are, we free up so much energy. We also become less dependent upon the opinions and feedback of others since we become our own greatest admirers. Many of us know that after a great yoga practice or a long, deep meditation, we are more able to see how beautiful we are. This is because we have released some of our baggage, thus unburdening ourselves and summoning forth the spirit that dwells within us. It is the heady combination of the divine spirit and the human body that conveys beauty more accurately than anything else.
To keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty, we can surround ourselves with images that reflect our beauty back to us—photos of a relative or child who has our eyes, images of teachers who embody spirit, or self-portraits that capture our essence in a way that allows us to see ourselves anew. The best way to keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty is to keep looking deeply into our own souls and opening our eyes to the human being we see in the mirror every day.