This week Jeanna Bonds, business partner and co-founder of L’uvalla Skin Care, shares her thoughts on how women can Achieve Powerful Beauty.
When I first thought of the expression “powerful beauty”, immediately the picture of a child came to mind. Can you count the number of times you have seen a baby or a child and said “What a beautiful baby!” or “Your son/daughter is beautiful!” It’s so easy to recognize powerful beauty in a child because they are so pure and innocent. They allow their inner soul to shine through without the trappings of this world. Their minds have not been tainted by the media’s definition of beauty or the sometimes hurtful and harsh judgments of others. They don’t think that their hair is too frizzy or too curly or too thin. They don’t worry about being too tall or too short or too thin or too heavy. They have no concerns about living up to expectations or failing in business or losing in love. That’s why my definition of powerful beauty is unconditional love – for yourself and your life.
To find unconditional love for yourself, choose to view yourself through others’ eyes. Your crooked smile, that you pick apart in every picture, is the smile that tugs at the heart of your family and friends. Your voice, that is way too high for your liking, is the sound that stirs powerful emotions in the heart of the one you love. Your body, that you think carries too much weight in your hips and thighs, is the body that pours love and comfort into the heart of your child as they snuggle in your embrace. There is beauty in all of our imperfections and when we learn to love them as others do – that is powerful beauty.
To find unconditional love for your life, choose to view life as a beautiful work of art, the way you would view a Renoir or Van Gogh. A painting would lose its powerful beauty without all the different shadings of the colors within it. Those shades make it interesting – give it fire – give it depth and dimension – breathe life into it. When you are born, you are an empty canvas. Some experiences are happy like the bright yellow of the sun. Some are calm and peaceful like the deep blue of the ocean. Some are dull and dreary like the gray of stormy clouds. Some are heavy with loss like the black of a deep hole. Some are full of anger like the bright red of fire. Try not to judge each of these experiences separately, but to love them for their role as part of the collective masterpiece called your life – that is powerful beauty.
Practicing unconditional love for yourself and your life will make all the trappings and judgments of this world fall away and the beauty of your inner soul to shine through with the brilliance of the stars – that is Powerful Beauty!
I especially love how Jeanna talks about the flaws we see in ourselves and how the people who love us see those “flaws” as wonderful pieces of us. We are truly the ones who are hardest on our self-esteem. It takes practice to love those quirks, but if you can get to that point you’ll become more confident, and you’ll have less to worry about!
What do you think of Jeanna’s contribution?
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