Let’s face it, we live in a society that glorifies exterior beauty. From the time we are born, we are told how cute we are, not what good people we will grow up to be. As we get older, we start to feel pressure to have the right shoes, the right clothes, the right make up, the right body weight, etc., etc., ad infinitum. These pressures can become so great that some people develop low self-esteem, or eating disorders. Or worse, some people run from the pressure all together and begin to eat detrimentally to comfort themselves, sometimes packing on extra weight.
Yoga teaches us that exterior beauty is not nearly as important as inner beauty, which is divine. The soul, or the Atman, radiates love. The unadulterated love that radiates from within far outshines any physical beauty that the body may temporarily possess. That is right, I said temporary.
It is important to remember that external beauty fades. We know this, of course, but we often forget it. The beauty of the soul, according to yoga, is eternal. When we focus on inner strength, courage, wisdom and love, our inner beauty begins to shine so brightly that it overwhelms any physical beauty that we may or may not possess.
Of course there is nothing wrong with physical beauty, or celebrating it. But any exterior beauty should be a reflection of interior beauty, and not the other way around. I ask you today to remember that you have the potential to outshine the beauty of cover models, because true beauty comes from within.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you are, of course! Own your inner beauty today!
There are only two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton