When I started my natural beauty business, I wanted the theory
behind my business to be understood in as few words as possible.
I came to the conclusion that basically, my whole philosophy for being happy and healthy could
be summed up in
three words ...relax, heal, beautify, and in that
Our culture seems
to place its values in a completely reverse order! This is how
I perceive it to be in this country...
Beauty has just as much power as wealth and
fame. Physical beauty is celebrated like nowhere else in the
world. Pick up almost any magazine and you'll see just how
much importance is placed on it. Perfection is imperative and
youth is everything.
Health is something that you are faced with
everyday if you watch TV. Most of it is negative information.
We are bombarded with every drug manufacturer's new masterpiece
every hour on the hour. "Do you have insomnia, gas pains,
sexual dysfunctions...?" If you weren't sick before, you
will be once this negative flood of thoughts seeps into your
brain. So what if you stay up late every night, eat processed
food, watch death and mayhem on the tube every day, pop an
un-natural remedy here or there, and use harsh chemicals in your
personal care items? You can always cover up your ill health
with toxic make-up!
Relaxation is generally
related to laziness. It's the "A-type" personality that is
usually getting the accolades. Do I hear the term
"multi-tasking" here? Going to a spa, or taking the afternoon
off once in awhile is thought of as frivolous or something that only
the wealthy or more important people do. It's only on a real
"vacation" that most people ever truly allow themselves to fully
Webster's dictionary describes the word relax this way: 1) to make
or become less firm, tense, or rigid. 2) to make less severe or
strict. 3) to seek rest or recreation. When I visualize the
person that is not
relaxed, I picture someone that is firm, tense, rigid, strict, and
seeks stress and work. This sounds to me like most of the
faces I see out on the roads at rush hour!
After years and years of this type of stressful lifestyle, the body
gets worn down, along with the mind and spirit. This in turn
eventually gives way to lowered immunity, ill health and disease.
The correct order for a healthy lifestyle:
Relaxation needs to be
celebrated. It leads the body to a place of healthful calm,
and tranquility. When the body is in a relaxed state, it is in
either a state of balance, or it's in the process of healing
itself. A relaxed body brings about good heath. Choosing
a state of relaxation is a natural need and desire for a reason.
It's our bodies' need to regenerate and
yourself with a natural, relaxed environment, helps to maintain a
more balanced existence. I know that when I feel healthy and
relaxed, I feel a beauty that is more genuine than physical
perfection. It's a beauty that radiates from within.
It colors everything that I do in a sensational way. To
beautify the outside, you
must start from the inside. Sure, makeup can make you look and
feel better, but it's only part of the beauty equation. You've
heard that 'beauty is as beauty does'. Well it's also how 'beauty
feels'. When you
feel healthy, you look more beautiful and radiant, period.
A fashionable woman wears a beautiful dress. A beautiful woman
wears a genuine smile. Living a healthy lifestyle brings you back to
the way you were meant to be, a balanced, happy person that is able
to relax, heal and beautify! Live your life the way
you choose to live it,
not the way society tries to teach you to. You don't need
anyone's permission but your own.
Another kind of 'natural' beauty is confidence.
learned a lot from my years of doing women's makeup professionally,
much more than just what colors looked best, and how to accentuate
features. I got to know many women, and how they felt about
themselves. Almost every one of them would sit down in my
chair and say "What can you do about my...". Whether it be a
high forehead, a large nose, or wrinkles, almost every woman had
something that she wanted me to 'fix'. I finally realized that
I was privy to something that most of us are not exposed to, the
inadequacies that most women (and maybe men) have about their
appearance. It also make me realize that with everyone so busy
being concerned with their own looks, they probably weren't looking
at me as critically as I thought they were.
This taught me to not be so critical about myself. I've always
known that nice, happy people become more attractive the more you
are around them. And some physically beautiful people can turn
ugly before your eyes as they reveal their negative
personalities. So it just goes to show that it is truly more
important to be a positive, good person, than a superficially
beautiful person. Learn what gifts you have to give the world.
Find your purpose in life. Be the person with the sunny
disposition, and you will never think about your outer beauty in the
same way again. Once the attention is taken off perfection,
the beautiful soul can shine through.
What we think, we
lesson that I learned from an acting class taught me a big lesson in
life. The lesson was that whatever you are thinking about,
will come through you. If you 'feel' something, you are acting
the part, and it comes across as the real thing. If you are
telling yourself to act a certain way, it looks like you are doing
some bad acting. When you walk into a party, are you thinking
"Gee, I hope I look alright. I should have worn the other
dress. I'm so embarrassed because I've gained weight
...etc... etc..."? Or do you walk in thinking "How fun this is
to be here. I'll get to meet new people, try new food.
Everybody looks so wonderful and happy, I can't wait to join in to
Hopefully you get my point. Next time you have an important
meeting, say a job interview, a date, any time you may be a bit
nervous to meet with someone, try this mental beauty technique.
You cannot 'act' confident. You must be confidant.
And the way to do that is to think thoughts that are positive,
powerful, and a bit self-prophesizing. It will radiate to
others, and you will feel a positive response back. I grew up
with a crocheted saying on the wall... "Let a smile be your
umbrella". I never really realized that I got so much from
that, but I did, and it's message is true. Not only does
smiling make you feel better physically, it conveys happiness to
others, and makes for a positive interaction. And we could all
certainly use more of those in this world.
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