We are all beautiful. This is not an advertising jargon or a casual clichéd comment, but it is an absolute truth that my body knows. But what is beauty?
We have been sold that what beauty is lies in our outer appearances, such as how we appear in height, weight, proportions, body and facial features, whether our skin is of a certain shade of colour or luminosity, down to how we dress and/or accessorise ourselves.
Many people have chosen to believe that beauty is endowed to a lucky few by birth and for the rest of us who are not so lucky, it is something that requires constant maintenance on the outside.
We think that is what beauty is, but is it truly?
For 18 years I have been working with thousands of men and women in support of their expression of what beauty is, and what I have discovered is, true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.
To me, every single person in this world is beautiful. We are all equally beautiful in our essence, and we can all choose to be aware of how this fact is expressed in our physical presence when we are not limited by the definition of what physical beauty is.
However we look physically, whether we fit into the norms of what beauty is presently defined to be in the world or not, when we hold onto the recognition of only our physicality, we are limiting ourselves to truly live our beauty in essence.
When we do not feel beautiful, it is a choice we have made to not live the shining beauty that is within us. What we have chosen is disharmony over the natural harmony within our body.
I was told that I was born an ugly baby who bore a dark birthmark right between my eyebrows and wouldn’t stop crying on the day of birth in the hospital.
I was also told that luckily this birthmark faded quite quickly, and after that I became pretty.
Within months of my birth, I have been defined as being both ugly and beautiful, so nothing on the outside is really as fixed as we think.
But in growing up, even though I have what the world judges as physical beauty, I did not feel beautiful at all, as for many years I did not live the beauty that I know to be true of myself.
I judged myself harshly on my appearance. I would obsess on the flaws that no one else could see but myself, and use this as an excuse to hide. Even though I felt this way I also realised I could use my physical beauty to manipulate.
What I have realized now is that I have a responsibility to live the beauty that feels true within me. Beauty is much more than skin deep.
Everything we see on the surface reflects the responsibility we have taken, in expressing the true quality that is within us all equally.
Our inner hearts carry the Soul’s light and how much of this light is expressed depends on our choices.
If every choice I make is carried on my face and body, could it be the way I am living is affecting my eyes? Are they puffy and have dark circles or reflecting the clarity that I know? Is my face reflecting my natural joy, and is my skin reflecting vitality?
I ask myself, am I:
- Taking care of myself tenderly?
- Nurturing my body in true health?
- Committed to expressing equality with others no matter what?
- Choosing to not hold back in all my movements for the absolute majesty of God to be expressed?
- Holding myself always in appreciation and understanding?
- Allowing myself and life to unfold in the deepest acceptance?
- Constantly going deeper with all of this?
I know how every action, word and thought affects my body and when I express appreciation, my heart expands and my whole face lights up with joy; when I express in equality, deep tenderness is palpable in my eyes; when I express honestly and do not hold back, my complexion and skin tone naturally brightens.
No alterations of body parts necessary, no special beauty or skin care treatments needed, but with self-responsibility, I have never felt and looked more beautiful and vital.
True beauty in this world can only be fully realised when every single person celebrates their own innate beauty equally with everyone else. It is not so much a quest for us to reach, but an unveiling and expressing of a knowing that has always been there from the day we were born.
Living the unending inspiration from God as inspired by the unending Livingness from Serge Benhayon.
By Adele Leung, Creative Director/Fashion Stylist, Hong Kong
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True beauty is felt rather than seen.
As I was growing up I can recall countless times being called the black one. And some people still identifies me as that to this day as it is so ingrained in them. Isn’t it fascinating how all of those years growing up, wasted energy was spent in thinking or believing that I was ugly, because of a word that was laced with something beyond comprehension by the physical body.
Adele you could not be more correct here, “true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically”. It can actually be felt if we allow ourselves to do so and not allow those laced words penetrate our being and our body’s. Our lives will be much different if we did.
Some lovely questions for us to continually consider, am I
‘Taking care of myself tenderly?
Nurturing my body in true health?
Committed to expressing equality with others no matter what?
Choosing to not hold back in all my movements for the absolute majesty of God to be expressed?
Holding myself always in appreciation and understanding?
Allowing myself and life to unfold in the deepest acceptance?
Constantly going deeper with all of this?’
Do we let our inner beauty be seen, ‘When we do not feel beautiful, it is a choice we have made to not live the shining beauty that is within us.’
Thank you for the reminders on taking care of the beauty within, and how the body reflects how we are with the expression of our true being, and how preciously we hold ourselves or not.
Self-care is totally within and from there, beauty within can certainly come through. It matters not what others think or believe, the absoluteness and God can come through then.
It is so common for us to focus on our flaws and see only these and yet what if we turned the focus to the beauty that shines out from our eyes, the window to our Soul?
If we do not allow ourselves to feel and see the beauty on the inside then we will feel that we are lacking in beauty. True beauty is deep inside but we may choose to not see it. The process of transforming into a beauty has so much more to do with how we feel rather than what we look like and this takes a huge pressure off us when we surrender to this.
This is such a healing: “true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.”
Appreciation is “to truly live our beauty in essence,” and this energetic appreciate-ive-ness, is when we grasp this science, then we are deepening our relationship with evolution.
We are all beautiful in essence, ‘To me, every single person in this world is beautiful. We are all equally beautiful in our essence’.
We all know true & real beauty – what is the game that we play when we fall for the societal demands?
Attention and recognition, momentary satisfaction & a longing for more.
Beauty is felt by the heart, not seen with the eyes.
True, but having said that when someone is connected to their essence there is an absolutely divine glow in the facial expression and in the body movements that cannot be dismissed. It is this quality that is stunning and anyone who expresses it is a traffic stopper!
Or traffic-maker 😉 yes, very true – but this glow may not fit the stereotype of beauty we have created today.
Oh Viktoria – this is so beautiful: Beauty is felt by the heart and not seen with the eyes. What pearls 😉
True beauty is immediately recognised in anyone who moves and expresses in full all that they innately are.
Mmm, I like the idea of incorporating, self care, self love and responsibility into my daily beauty routine.
The true way to reveal our beauty.
It’s quite odd that I realised early on, being me and shinning bright brought to me a whole heap of jealousy from caretakers that I didn’t know how to handle. Whilst I decided to dull my inner beauty down I strove to be beautiful as decided by others – a painful process full of comparison, disappointment and insecurity. Reading the beauty magazines I soon realised the message was ‘you’ll not be beautiful until you use this cream, or this product etc.’ The beauty is we can always return to our inner beauty and let it shine.
It is inspiring to read beauty magazines and realise it’s all a bunch of lies and eventually discover what true beauty is is not just taking care of our physicality. Nurturing our being begins this process.
We can judge ourselves, and be quite harsh in our judgements, ‘I judged myself harshly on my appearance. I would obsess on the flaws that no one else could see but myself, and use this as an excuse to hide.’
Scientists have decided that beauty is the perfect symmetry of the face. But, the combination of our particles with another that created us, rolls the dice to ensure we are unique. So, beauty must be something more profound for we all have it equally, but we choose to make ourselves, on the outside the same and hide what lies within.
I would not trust any comment that does not show me the equality I know within my heart and body.
We have a responsibility to live in our essence, in our natural true inner beauty, and to share this with the world, ‘I have a responsibility to live the beauty that feels true within me.’
As we grow up into a teenager those negative thoughts of how we look can shape us into people so far removed from who we were at birth and robs us (by our own choices) of the potential we are all born with. Then we live as a lesser being always in the disappointment of life instead of the joy.
I remember being a teenager and how depressed it is to be alive but it grows out from the love I always have irrefutable within me.
Depression comes when we cut out our loving source of energy, when we deplete ourselves by trying to prove our worth, by pandering to those around us by compromising ourselves in every shape and form in order to please others. The only antidote to depression so self-love, nurturing & caring, nothing else will cure it from the core.
‘true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.’ Absolutely Adele, we need more true role models in the world that reflect to other women how we can live and move in the world connected to our own divine and unique qualities without needing to fit into a picture or image that society thinks is ‘normal’.
I agree, we are lacking in true role models of beauty. Recently a very beautiful actress in my country appeared really inappropriate after a long absence from the screen, there is so much pressure to remain young and thin as being the standards of beauty alone, which was not beautiful at all. Beauty does not first come from outside and it comes from our acceptance of our multidimensionality.
“… true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.” We can pour a great deal of time and money into our external looks, but nothing can compare with the radiance that shines out of us when we truly cherish and nurture our inner beauty. Embodying our heavenly qualities is the best cosmetic surgery we can ever invest in.
That is the true foundation we build for beauty. The inner and outer harmony of ourselves.
‘It is not so much a quest for us to reach, but an unveiling and expressing of a knowing that has always been there from the day we were born.’ A forever surrender to our wisdom within and with that it becomes a letting go of the control we ‘think’ we have.
This just brings a deep settlement. There is no where to go but just keep living who we are.
I like how you add the element of choice into beauty – could everyone be beautiful, but only few choose to actually express that beauty and let it out.
Letting beauty out we need to first feel our own beauty through the care we give back to ourselves.
Is it possible that one day everyone will accept and cherish their innate beauty, ‘True beauty in this world can only be fully realised when every single person celebrates their own innate beauty equally with everyone else.’
“But what is beauty?” Beauty is what we feel when we connect from our essence to the essence of another.
Beauty is always there, in essence everyone is beautiful.
Definitely I can say beauty is only skin deep, it is what you are on the inside that counts and this is actually what people feel. We can feel if people are angry or sad for example and if you live in a way that shows everyone how deeply you love yourself they are naturally attracted to you because they know that they have the same love in their bodies they are just not choosing it.
That being the reason even just a reflection of a body lived in care can offer the other the same they can do for themselves.
I agree Adele “Beauty is Much More Than Skin Deep” it comes from our essence and the more we live from our essence the more beautiful it is.
The appreciation of ourselves is deeply precious and valuable.
We have definitely lost touch with what beauty actually is, thanks to all the judgments in society. I remember as a really little girl I felt beautiful and this had nothing to do with how I looked or what shape my body was. It was just a feeling. As an adult it is only through letting myself feel again (instead of thinking my way through everything) that I have come to feel beautiful. I am older and perhaps less attractive now but that doesn’t change the way I feel and that is worth more than any attention I could receive from outside myself.
It is true that age has nothing to do with being beautiful or not. Whether we feel beautiful or not is how we care about our body and being and this care is felt inside and out.
Beauty comes from within, it is not an image or a picture and the more we realise that beauty is not physical we start to understand the true depth of beauty there is in all of us.
I agree, many times I don’t want to feel beautiful, when I look at a picture taken during this time, I can actually feel how beautiful I am.
Learning to re-educate the eyes to see the quality of beauty rather than the physical presence of beauty has been a revelation to me. It let’s me see the glory within someone and their body shape or size is irrelevant.
That is the true sensor of beauty equally in everyone of us and it is called love.
It’s interesting to look at the norms and standards that we have created in this society which says what’s beautiful and what’s not. It’s a creation that labels people and box them depending on the outter appearance. Many young girls and women around the globe are suffering by not feeling enough today whereas such standards are not even real. How ridiculous is that.
What is here expressed brings light in the middle of a system based on trends that dictates how to dress, how to look like…but forgot how sensitive, deeply tender and equally beautiful from inside we really are. It is a blessing reading an experience like this, it invites me to appreciate my inner-beauty as much as my unique expression as a woman. A choice that makes me feel great but equal to all at the same time.
Judgements abound when we are not loving to ourselves. How do we withstand a society, culture and industry that feeds on self-loathing? We just have to be solid in our self-love and self-care.
Adele your sharing unify all of us in one Truth, the fact that we are born sacred and full of beauty. Thank you
Taking care of and nurturing ourselves… without having an agenda about what this will look like I am so up for putting this into practice… it feels like going on a investigative exploration with myself and life.
The letting go of a picture is truly inspiring. In fact, it allows us even more learning along the way. Because when we work according to a picture or destination, it is always limiting and life in its truth is spherical rather than linear.
Deep care for self and nurturing of self emanates out to all to inspire them like wise. This in itself is beautiful not just of the one living this way but in how it supports all others too.
Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, In truth, beauty is in the body of both the beholder and of the beheld. True beauty is invisible to the eyes.
True beauty is always offered to the eyes as well, but our whole body receives it.
Can beauty be recognised without an image? I think it can. We register beauty when we recognise Heaven in what we see/hear, we know the quality, even just for a fleeting moment.
Images is only one way to “see”, but we see so much more not just with eyes, but by receiving and feeling everything with the body.
The overuse of the word “beautiful” has made it cheap in the everyday language. We look at a woman who is wearing the “right clothes” to fit the picture of what society deems beautiful and call her “beautiful”. Despite the fact that she may be living in complete self-abuse, her eyes may be communicating the deepest levels of sadness and her heart may be covered in layers of protection. We have lost the true meaning of the word “beauty” – the connection to the inner heart and the shine that comes through our eyes. The beautiful spark that is in each and every one of us. When I first came across the students of The Way of The Livingness I could feel that on several occasions when the word was said, there was a different feeling to the emptiness that I was so used to. When the word is communicated with an integrity of a life lived in connection to love, there isn’t an emptiness and a trying to fit the picture. This is what gives us confirmation of the beauty that we hold inside and permission to let it out when everything else in the world says no.
I felt the same when I met Serge Benhayon the first time, beauty is not seen but received fully by my entire body and everything is known that moment, there is no doubt and that is absolute beauty.
You can hear that beauty is not skin deep all your life but until you actually feel beautiful on the inside, it just seems like words. I have found this inner beauty all comes back to how I am with myself, how accepting and loving I am. This leaves me with a warm glow that no outer beauty can match.
The simplicity of the fact that the quality we feel and our relationship with life is founded on ‘how accepting and loving I am’ is disarming and inspiring.
We all know there is an inner part of ourselves but we also want to ignore or pretend we don’t know this and focus all on the external because what we actually feel within is not what we want to feel.
Beauty needs to have a strong foundation and that can only come from inside of us.
For me beauty is in the eyes – the spark of joy, the light of the soul shining through. I have seen this light come on in other people as they realise there is the ‘more’ to life and rediscover the depth we are missing. This shows me that the beauty is in us all, sometimes it’s just not turned on.
Eyes are important but so is every single part of ourselves, even our earlobes, they are all equal in sharing heaven.
I agree, beauty is not in symmetry or perfection or physique but in an untouchable magic – and you can most definitely see it in people’s eyes.
So true and that is why no many people have symmetrical faces but there is beauty in us all when felt from our essence. Physical beauty segregates, but inner beauty unites.
We know for ourselves that how we live, eat, sleep and look after our body can actually transform our physical appearance, because the feelings we have on the inside have a huge effect on the outside, and thus glowing exteriorly comes from glowing interiorly 🙂
Not everyone knows this, in fact, most people have not made this connection. But this choice when made in consistency changes everything.
“If every choice I make is carried on my face and body, could it be the way I am living is affecting my eyes?” – Lately I have been using the appearance of my eyes as the ‘barometer’ for how my whole body is doing, with amazing accuracy. It’s like looking into the deepest depths of myself and seeing just whats going on inside that actually manifests directly with the appearance of my eyes and correlates to how my whole body feels.
In the Asian culture the bastardization of the eyes being the window of the soul is to wear larger and deeper color contact lens.
Could the appreciation of our true beauty also require us to embrace our imperfections?
Definitely Suse, embracing our imperfections may open us up to learn and thus to who we really are.
It is truly beautiful when I see a women connected to her Sacredness and then expressing this quality in all her movements.
“Living the unending inspiration from God as inspired by the unending Livingness from Serge Benhayon.” This is true beauty and is what lives within us all. Serge Benhayon is the living reflection of this lived.
I can feel your beauty in the words expressed here Adele. It becomes obvious that beauty is an energy well before it is seen and much of what we call physical beauty is not physical at all.
And the energy is absolute beholding.
I would define beauty as a movement of holding a connection to a deep knowing.
I used to pick my face a lot and one day I realised it was because I constantly picked on myself and every thing about me I didn’t feel was up to scratch, or had been told was not pleasing to others. So of course all I saw was ugliness because I was holding an ugliness inside by believing what I was told by others and what I saw on TV and the media of what beauty was. This has changed tenfold, there are still times where I only see faults but they are definitely less and less, and that is from experimenting with how I feel is, then how I look at myself.
How you look is so much determined by how you feel, so true Aimee.
Absolutely, which is evident in the incredible before and after photos of students of the way of the livingness http://www.universalmedicine.net/before–after.html. You can never put on a bigger enough smile or makeup or clothes that will prevent you from seeing how you are living and how you see and feel about yourself.
“You can never put on a bigger enough smile or makeup or clothes that will prevent you from seeing how you are living and how you see and feel about yourself.” Yes, and we can all feel that as it is just an outer layer we apply but does not come form the fullness of the body.
You are not alone in this, most of the world lives this way and we at each other thinking it’s normal. But it just feels super uninspiring to live with each other in this way.
Love, the beholding quality we have with ourselves is the door to the immense beauty that we are, lived.
The force of self-loathing can be huge but it is never as powerful as that of love.
When we realise that we are powerful beyond measure because we are naturally love, the force of self-loathing could not touch us.
I understand what you are saying about true beauty Adele as I too have observed that inner glow from people that just emanates and makes you feel as an observer both settled and appreciative at the same time.
Most of my life I have reacted against the lack of beauty around me, in my city and family and I wasn’t accepting that this is the state I have chosen to be in. But there is nothing to be alarmed about, this is the truth of the world, and if there is only a source of beauty, this can still be shared, to warm up the whole place.
I agree – when I honour my feelings of the love I feel first and foremost my beauty shines from within confirming it with no need to seek it.
Who we are at essence is beautiful beyond words so the question is how much of that do we allow to shine out and be felt and seen by ourselves and others.
Absolutely this comes as an acceptance and an unreserved expression of who we are in truth.
The beauty industry wants us to buy into this idea of less – and that we need products to make us feel complete – but this is not the truth of who we are and it does not celebrate the natural beauty we all hold. What an opportunity to reimprint this and feel the depths of our beauty once more.
“Everything we see on the surface reflects the responsibility we have taken, in expressing the true quality that is within us all equally.” If we feel beautiful in ourselves then this is what he world will see
Thank you Adele for a beautiful sharing on true beauty, in all the choices I make I have the responsibility to live the true beauty that lives within me, by appreciation of who I am and what I bring and commitment to deeply care and self nurture my being.
“true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.” So true and beautifully said.
The body can have certain features or proportions that dependent on zeitgeist or taste may be considered as looking beautiful, but it is not the body as such or on its own that emanates true beauty, it is the expression of the inner that then shines from and beyond the physical form; then the body becomes the vehicle of that beauty in expression and thus the physical is transcended by the non-physical aka divinity.
When being and feeling beautiful becomes looking beautiful as one´s inner expressed by the outer, appearance no longer is superficial and void of the inner but filled from within – the esoteric and the exoteric become one and the same.
Recently I did a swap with a friend for an esoteric healing session. She is a slightly older woman and when she got on the table I was wowed by her body. There was nothing physical about what wowed me, it was the quality of her and her energy. You could then see signs of this in the physical but it came from energy first. Her body was so soft, delicate and surrendered and it was an incredible beauty.
Acceptance of who we truly are is indeed a beauty to behold.
This beauty is much deeper than anything we judge beauty to be. It is an allowance to express everything we have ever held back as.
It is true that we are not equally beauty outer-ly and that we are equally beautiful in our essence. When we start connecting to our essence we not only start changing outer-ly but also look at the outer beauty with other eyes, much more discerning ones.
When the deep beauty in our essence when felt and lived consistently there is a change in our outer appearance, beyond that of what attracts the eye.
Gorgeous Adele – as a woman – I have certainly indulged in the body being all about self and image. But in this, I miss the essence and quality of who I truly am. I am very much enjoying playing with how deeply caring for myself then impacts what I present to the world, and how this is such a solid foundation compared to the magazines and supposed role models I looked too before.
The body is very precious so caring for it deeply brings out our preciousness which is so beautiful naturally. No imposed beauty can ever compare to this quality. Thank you for living the truth of what beauty is.
True Adele nothing on the outside is as fixed as we think, one day I feel beautiful and look in my eyes with awe and the next day is can be the other way around I even don’t feel like looking in the mirror. I must say that is not there anymore in such extremes but still one day I feel more beautiful than another day and it still is me, with a bright shining light within and I am the one who decides to come out in full or not.
Inspiring Annelies that how beautiful or powerful or amazing is our full choice. Do we truly appreciate all that we are and bring?
Each and every one of us is immeasurable beautiful in essence. All that is required is for us to connect to the essence that lies within and begin to identify ourselves as this beauty.
When we Fully-Appreciate, then the Love that comes through our Inner-Most re-connects us to and holds us in this True beauty of our lived expression.
Great questions Adele which would support anyone to go deeper with their connection with themselves and thus the beauty that they emanate to all.
It is so freeing to feel that even guys can naturally be pretty and beautiful and that it is ok to be so! A beautiful is NOT necessarily one who is gay but in fact one who is living more from his true essence. The consequences of the bastardisation of this word has lead to the justification of so much separation in this world.
I always appreciate men as beautiful. Deeply so. In essence we all are.
Beauty is the way in which we move, confirm and appreciate who we are in essence. It is a full body movement that deepens as we appreciate of who we are within and let go of the what is not.
How we move and are with ourselves throughout our day does make a big difference in the quality of energy we allow to run our bodies.
“When we do not feel beautiful, it is a choice we have made to not live the shining beauty that is within us”. So beauty is more a feeling than a picture.
How glorious it is to read this question you ask of yourself Adele.
“I ask myself, am I: Choosing to not hold back in all my movements for the absolute majesty of God to be expressed”.
Serge Benhayon and his family are deeply inspiring in the reflection they offer of this absolute majesty of movement that is possible for everyone.
The fact that our body grows old and loses its so-called beauty in terms of developing wrinkles etc. shows that it makes no sense to invest in physical characteristics as a measure of our beauty. For clearly this type of beauty is temporary and superficial, yet the deep beauty within is eternal and forever shining.
Beautifully said Thomas, for when we do invest in our physical appearance being a certain way, this is what keeps the ‘beauty industries’, and all kinds of cosmetic surgery thriving, as we all inevitably age and with that comes changes. Have you ever heard of a eight year old being upset and distraught because they looked so different to when they were a 3 year old?! It just doesn’t happen.
We are all beautiful. Whether we see and feel it for ourselves is entirely our choice.
Beauty is much more than skin deep, ‘When we do not feel beautiful, it is a choice we have made to not live the shining beauty that is within us.’
‘But in growing up, even though I have what the world judges as physical beauty, I did not feel beautiful at all, as for many years I did not live the beauty that I know to be true of myself.’ This is true for so many, we only need to look at the model industry and see how models who are deemed beautiful feel about themselves to know that it is not our outer looks which determine how we feel. Beauty comes from appreciation and acceptance of ourselves for all our idiosyncrasies and quirks, it is about loving ourselves and living this love without trying to fit into an image that the world is telling us to be.
So beautifully expressed Adele. I notice that certain foods and drinks affect my appearance and in the past I often reacted and judged myself to be ugly in some way. Your blog reminds me that my beauty is always present and it is my responsibility to allow it to be seen.
For women ánd men is the same thing: true beauty is an inside job, which people also call charism.
Thank you Adele : I fully agree, our beauty is not what we think it is – it is never measured , but gained in connecting to who we are.
I’m glad I stumbled on this blog tonight.. What an insightful point you make Adele, that in criticising something about ourselves, we actually hide. And from there it’s easy to perpetuate the critique, which becomes self-loathing and we hide more and more the true beauty that we are – a beauty that when allowed to be expressed reflects to us the wonder of God.
When I am tired I can begin to let go of caring for myself, I can lose my focus and start bumping into things.
When this happens it is definitely time to take stock and to appreciate the beauty that is there on the inside, I tend to slow down and allow myself a deeper connection to my body.
It is very inspiring to hear someone claim their beauty like this, – ‘No alterations of body parts necessary, no special beauty or skin care treatments needed, but with self-responsibility, I have never felt and looked more beautiful and vital.’
” …. true beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically.” Right on Adele. We have been sold a lie and the beauty industry’ along with the media’ fan the flames to exploit the feelings of vulnerability in women – and men – so that there is a forever searching for the next elixir of life-enhancing therapy or product. True beauty comes from the inside when we love and appreciate ourselves for who we truly are and this emanates outwards.
We have allowed the cosmetic industry to tell us we are not beautiful enough as we are that we need to enhance or conceal. They supply what we demand so the lack of appreciation of who we truly are has to come from us first.
So true Mary – if we fully appreciated and celebrated our inner beauty there would be zero demand for a zillion dollar beauty industry.
“When I express appreciation, my heart expands and my whole face lights up with joy; when I express in equality, deep tenderness is palpable in my eyes; when I express honestly and do not hold back, my complexion and skin tone naturally brightens” – the bestest ever beauty tips!
I agree Fumiyo. No amount of makeup or cosmetics will bring what Adele is talking about here, and this comes from the responsibility of knowing and acting on the fact that every action, word and thought affects her body.
A how to guide to true beauty that would put the ugly ‘beauty industry’ out of business if it was accepted and understood by all.
Thank you Adele that is so true. Worth reading, and re-turning to the fact that : beauty is way much more than skin deep.
“Allowing myself and life to unfold in the deepest acceptance”.This line resonates with me as I am working on the quality of acceptance, accepting where I am, accepting where I am going,(my future by the loving choices I make now), accepting all that I have to bring, and accepting my beauty.
It is our choice to acknowledge, celebrate and share our innate beauty, we choose the quality that we are. It can be felt if someone is down on themselves and whilst the onlooker can see so clearly the beauty it still comes back to us claiming the magic that is there.
‘When we do not feel beautiful, it is a choice we have made to not live the shining beauty that is within us. What we have chosen is disharmony over the natural harmony within our body.’ True beauty is not exclusive – everyone is born beautiful.
It is wisdom that we all know, and is also in many of our sayings: true beauty is felt within. You feel beautiful before you truly look beautiful. And the other way around also goes: you can look physical beautiful on the outside, but still feel ulgly on the inside.
“Our inner hearts carry the soul’s light and how much of this light is expressed depends on our choices.” I love this expression. We have a choice in every moment of our day: to be love – or not, to harm or to heal.
It’s amazing how no matter what we come to, there’s a part of us that can take what is presented and use it as a reason to prove we are not enough. ‘Oh you still lack this, don’t you see your defincacy?’. My experience like yours Adele is these thoughts and patterns relentlessly come in unless we connect and deeply feel the delicious warmth we have within. If we move, speak and live with this gorgeousness and joy there is no way we could doubt our own beauty.
Coming to understand that “every action, word and thought affects my body” has been life changing for me as I now realise the responsibility that I have as to how I treat my body; for every choice, there is a consequence. To know that it is my choice that determines whether the light shines from my eyes or whether I walk around with a frown on my forehead has brought a feeling of liberation from the belief that it is how I look on the outside that determines my beauty.
By connecting with this subject I can feel now how complicated it is to try to externally improve, repair or sustain the physical beauty, because in fact, to be beautiful doesn’t have to do with anything of that. We all are already beautiful just for being who we are. It’s just by connecting with this fact, that our beauty emerges to the surface without any effort.
Our essence is more beautiful than anything we will ever see with our eyes.
What we see with our eyes we can tend to be very quick to judge. But if we close our eyes and open our hearts we get to feel true beauty that is all around us.
“True beauty has absolutely nothing to do with how we appear physically..” True beauty is a concession of movements that expresses our innate essence as divine souls on this planet and that is a pretty powerful love bomb to bestow.
Some great observations of how your skin changes Adele with regards to how you express – it is true that our thoughts are shown on our face and within the body. So it makes sense that if we are down on ourselves then our body will reflect that and show the signs of the bludgeoning over time. And vice versa, if we are appreciative and are deeply caring of ourselves then that would result in having a body that reflects that.
True Beauty really is simply a reflection of the light that is within us all, and that is reflected back out so that everyone has the opportunity to feel their own light and their own grace and beauty.
I agree Adele with your sharing that ‘beauty is much deeper than skin deep.’ When we are connected to ourselves we express a more true version of ourselves which allows for our inner beauty and divine qualities to shine for all to see.
The way I see myself when I look in the mirror shows me how I lived my day, the quality in which I made all my movements.
If I am loving towards myself and express the divine quality we all have within us, I love to look at myself. My face and body.
But if I for example move in hardness or stress or judgement That is the energy I will meet when I look in the mirror.
We put pressure on ourselves by striving for perfection and in doing so we are not accepting where we are nor our inner-most value that is forever present. Looking outside of ourselves is never a good idea for this takes us further from the truth of who we are for an image that we can never live up to – how can we when we are striving to be other than who we are?