Love Yourself, Love Your Life
It’s hard to define true beauty, but you’ll know it when you feel it. It isn’t about blond hair or violet eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you’re curvy, skinny, tall, or short. In fact, physical stats don’t have much to do with real healthy beauty. You can make yourself feel beautiful, inside and out, by enhancing how your attitude toward yourself and by loving your authentic self unconditionally. Here’s how to begin.
Make sure you’re in prime physical health. See your medical practitioner, an eye doctor, and an ear specialist for thorough checkups. Do the whole nine yards and take care of any issues that might come up.
Do a nutritional tuneup. Maybe consult a physical training expert and a dietitian—they can help you design a road map for your physical self. Think seriously about including some yoga in your plan.
Get back to meditation. If you’ve fallen off daily meditation, recommit. If you haven’t made a place in your life for meditation, do it now. There is no other therapy that takes so little effort and yields such incredible benefits to your psyche, your body, and your brain.
Visit with your psychic or spiritual advisor—it’s time for a check up here, too.
Take inventory. Stand before a full-length mirror. You can do this nude or clothed – it’s up to you. Study yourself, from the top of your head to your feet. Truly look at yourself and make a written list of the ten things you adore about yourself.
Take another inventory. Sit quietly with a pad and pen. Play soft music. Light a lovely candle. Examine your mind and your spirit. Make a list of the 100 things about you that make you giddy with delight.
In your inventories, if you came upon a few things that could be tweaked, here are your choices: Accept those things with love and tolerance. Consider how those things support your finest attributes. Change whichever of those issues you think should be altered.
Set aside a period of time each week during which you help someone else. Do volunteer work in an organization you respect. Visit an aging relative, neighbor, or friend. Offer to assist a young mom or other caregiver who needs respite.
Go shopping. Buy a new outfit that’s quite different from your usual style. Be impulsive and go for bright color, soft fabric, flowing lines, or an unstructured fit. Make it incredibly attractive, perfectly comfortable, and 100% reflective of your inner self. Wear it today.
If you use make up or cosmetics, swap out what’s in your collection for newer, lighter-weight, less conspicuous choices. Make sure your cosmetics enhance your beauty rather than concealing it.
Make yourself a promise. Consider one aspect of yourself that might benefit from reaching for a higher level. Do whatever you have to do to begin that stretch. Take a class? Quit an undesirable habit? Pull away from a relationship that doesn’t lift your spirit?
Dedicate an entire day to nurturing yourself. No phone. No text. No social media. No work. No company. Pamper and pet yourself. Pleasure yourself. Love yourself. Talk to yourself. Repeat weekly or more often as needed.
It’s true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But do you know that how you see yourself colors how others see you? Beauty begins to flower deep inside you, and as it is nurtured, so it grows until it shines through your eyes like a flame of peace and wellness. Once you master the art of loving yourself every day, you’ll see undeniable beauty in that mirror, and so will everyone else.