The Oxford dictionary defines Beauty as : a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form , that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. “I was struck by her beauty”
We need to redefine this to...
Beauty… The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure of deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, colour, sound, etc), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest). Dictionary.com
Beauty isn’t just about having a pretty face.
It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul.
Beauty isn’t just external it’s internal. It’s also Unique to how it is received. For example one person may find something beautiful that the other doesn’t, whether that is aesthetically or on an emotional soul level.
Many people find it easy to see beauty in external objects, whether that be flowers, a painting, an animal or another human being. Yet seeing beauty in ourselves seems to be something many of us really struggle with. I see it with so many women what worries me more is I’m seeing it with young girls. So much emphasis is put on external beauty these days that girls as young as 6 are getting upset over what they look like. Why?
Well firstly they are looking to us and watching how we treat our bodies and talk to ourselves so we need to be super careful when it comes to critical self talk and comments about our bodies that we make in jest. How we speak about others appearance is also having an impact on those young minds. Not only that, they have now got social media to contend with and the whole reality TV star phenomenon.
Simply put our insecurities are passed on through our speech and our behaviour so we need to be aware of ourselves. Not just for the young girls and daughters that look up to us, but for our own wellbeing. Our self talk has a huge impact on us and our brain will believe what we tell it if we repeat it enough.
These days everyone is desperate to look the same, to conform to the norm. Yet if we stopped and really thought about what matters and what true beauty really was to us as individuals we would look within at the person we are and how we treat others. We would then accept our imperfections and be grateful for the bodies we have.
There will always be the external influence on beauty and how we look. Beauty Treatments will always be available. It’s how we interpret beauty that will influence to what extent we will peruse these treatments. Subtle enhancements are key and can lift your mood and confidence by leaving you feeling like a more polished version of yourself. This I feel is the best way we can educate the young girls of today when it comes to beauty and treatments. That it’s not just about having a pretty face. It’s how we treat others, it’s how we feel in ourselves, it’s accepting our imperfections and learning what to enhance subtly that will create empowerment.