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Beauty From Within And How To Achieve It
People are always looking for shortcuts and quick fixes.
This isn’t necessarily because they don’t want to do any work, though. It’s because there’s an overwhelming amount of information on how to get healthier and fitter, to be more fashionable, more skilled at applying makeup — it’s intimidating, the volume of blogs, YouTube videos, books etc. that are geared to improving health, fitness, and “beauty,” whatever exactly that is.
From 10-step skin care regimens to fad diets with intricate rules, we’ve been taught that looking how we want to look is hard-won and complicated, and so we don’t even know where to start.
It’s too expensive to buy creams and lotions and anything that Gwyneth Paltrow sells. It’s too effortful to add health foods and supplements and spin classes to your busy life.
“I just want to feel good, and maybe look good,” you think.
Beauty From Within
But, deep down, you know there’s no trick, and that getting healthy and fit happens based on a series of actions on your part: doing research, talks with doctors and nutritionists and therapists, lots and lots of time, assorted exertions, and patience.
The class action lawsuits against an ab belt vibration plate company – it all points toward the fact that there is nothing passive about a process that everyone really, really wishes was passive.
However, the fact that “beauty” is so difficult to achieve also hints at something else: that it’s more than skin-deep. Beauty from within is the only way.
You’ve probably heard this enough times that it’s trite and kind of bounces off your brain without effect. But it also makes a lot of sense. Your fit friend who always talks about CrossFit and “macros” is probably pretty insufferable, but they’re also probably pretty happy and upbeat. As you already know, that’s because their constant exercise, their bountiful, colorful plates of healthy foods, and the sense of wholeness and serenity they get through yoga and meditation have supplied them with endorphins, hormonal balance, and vitamins and minerals.
All of these things cultivate inner beauty (much like the SCOBY cultures of bacteria cultivating in these people’s stomachs, from all the kombucha they drink! Need to try that next!)
The main point, though, is that the amount of effort involved helps create inner and outer beauty. By bettering yourself and your body through consistent hard work, you also — the rather dreaded, sometimes ironical, teeth-gnashing phrase — build character.
If you just pop diet pills or saddle yourself with a giant vibrating belt, and somehow these things worked, you wouldn’t learn the self-discipline and the self-love that comes with getting to know your body. This isn’t a quick process, obviously. It takes months and years.
And again, we return to wondering, “Beauty from within? Where do I even begin?”
The answer is, we begin with research and a foundation of facts. With a grocery list. You may learn that (for example) brown rice has tons of manganese that keeps you going through your day, or that spinach is packed with iron, or that people who meditate for 10 minutes every day perform better and think clearer. Or that soy beans are rich in zinc and make your hair thicker and healthier…you can see the inroads of how inner beauty lends itself to outer beauty.
By pushing your lovely human form to its limits and by fueling it well, you become happier and more energized, and you also learn to appreciate the fact that beauty from within is an ongoing process. It isn’t about how you look, but about your relationship with yourself, and about having an enveloping sense of self-worth, a deep appreciation for yourself.
It’s about being “radiant and glowing” because you feel radiant and glowing. And while such a goal may seem far away, physically or emotionally, if you start with a veggie plate here or a meditation session there, you’re already well on your way.