How the Media Affects the Perception of Beauty

So, today beauty is defined by the skinny or boney legs, the explosive makeup or the six-pack.

Media does not only corrupt the way you look in the mirror, but it depresses you. Media defines things that should have remained without a definition. In many forms, from commercials to movies all the way down to cartoons.

Within the shallowness, the variable definitions remain similar, with the beautiful girl always of a specific shape and the guy dresses in a specific way and both remain with zero personality.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s true that media has hacked the minds of many men and women alike and directed their attraction to a specific shape and manner, yet beauty is not only in the shape or the thickness of the lips, but rather beauty is the person as a whole. You should not lose weight unless you want to get in a better shape. Yes, a better shape might mean the skinny, but not the boney.

I am yet to see one commercial that speaks of healthier beauty rather than the “skinny” beauty. Cosmetics and plastic surgery are not the answer to beauty. There is a fine line between artificial and natural beauty. Your skin might get irritated on the short or the long term of the powder you apply to your skin and your immune system might be weakened by the steroids you take.

So, what to do? You don’t have to listen to the media and what it throws at you. Media does not always work in your favor, so, you should never change the way you see things because a commercial told you to. You should first listen to the sound of reason that tells you what to do instead of doing something you may regret later.

While bodybuilding and losing weight are always extreme processes that take time, the natural way is always the best. Do not starve yourself to lose weight and do not take pills that would starve you unless you’re prescribed to. Do not take steroids that would damage your health later on just to reach the body you want for a limited time.

Always keep it healthy. Do not shy away from asking what this medicine contains or what the side effects are.

With that all being said, doing something you do not want to do will only work for so long. Why would you starve yourself because this guy likes skinny girls? The outer appearance will fade with age; it’s life’s cycle and only the inner beauty remains forever. If you believe that having a certain body or shape will make someone fall in love with you, you’re definitely mistaken. If you think that plastic surgery will help you attract men, you are wrong.

There is no standard for beauty. Every man and woman sees beauty differently. We are blessed with a variety of options that differ from a person to the other and ultimately, the ‘falling in love’ process does not require artificial types of beauty. The only thing you need to do is to keep your health on the top of your priorities.

By the time you’re a healthy 70 year old, you will remain beautiful. Health is an unchangeable priority in your life.

Art Makes YOU Beautiful: I Know the Secret

How many times have you been asked what you see when you look at a painting, sculpture or photograph? Have you ever wondered what the painting sees when it looks at you? I know, that seems a little off the wall. A question a crazy person who just got let out of the Art Institute for the Creative Insane might ask. But when you think about it, artists throughout time have always been ahead of the masses… and have usually been persecuted because of their not-so-common understanding of the world around them.

Why does everyone have a different opinion of a particular painting? My daughter created an abstract painting recently. She thought it looked like a war zone where a lot of lives had been lost in a very bloody battle. Her boyfriend saw a beautiful waterfall. No one is right and no one is wrong when it comes to personal interpretation of art. Why?

Because a painting REFLECTS YOU and your energy.

So next time you gaze at a work of art, listen very carefully to your comments and pay attention to your feelings because this will give you clues to your perspective on life. Clues art the first steps towards awareness.

How does art make YOU beautiful?

Simple. Every time you look at a painting you see an aspect of yourself. If you choose art that was created by a person with a beautiful spirit, her energy is embedded in the paints she uses, the canvas, the image and even the sweep of the brush. The painting that is born of her deep inner beauty radiates that energy into your home and seeps into your spirit. This allows you to connect to the Higher Source Inner Beauty from which all heart-centered artists channel and create, and thus raise your own vibrational level. And as you know, outer beauty is merely a physical display of the beautiful Being you are inside. We don’t always show this side of ourselves to others because of the walls we put up to counter the conflict and chaos we meet with every day of our lives in the outside world.

You can enhance your external beauty merely by being surrounded by beautiful artwork. For a short-term fix visit a nearby art gallery and soak in some beauty. If you desire a long-term energy boost and vibrational beautification adorn your home with an original painting or sculpture created by an artist who makes you feel really good.

Art Uplifts your Spirit, Feeds your Soul and Magnifies your Natural Beauty while Adorning your Walls.

Do You Know How Beautiful You Are?

I work with many women day in and day out, and have plenty of conversations with women about image, style and how they feel about themselves. One thing seems to be a theme, over and over. Women love to talk about their flaws. You love to discuss how ‘big’ your thighs or your butt are; how your smile is crooked or your midsection has expanded beyond recognition. And one thing is for sure – this is a glass half-full way of looking at things that is sure to keep you small and keep you feeling as if you’ll never be beautiful.

Want to know a secret? While your opinion is important, it’s not your body you need to change but your mindset. YES! Simply shifting how you think about yourself can truly transform how you feel about yourself. Your feelings lead you to positive actions that can help you to look great. And looking great leads to feeling confident, sexy and unstoppable!

Thoughts = Feelings = Actions = Results

Shifting your self-image can be as simple as shifting your focus. When you focus on what’s lacking, compare yourself to others or what you perceive to be your ‘flaws’, your energy is lower, your mindset is negative and you are unable to see your true beauty. Yet changing your perspective to see what is amazing, great and fabulous about you can help you to feel and look beautiful!

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, it’s your own definition of beauty that either limits you – or liberates you! When you come from a place of abundance and embrace yourself, warts and all, you can begin to see the beauty that you already possess. Let’s redefine beauty so that you can begin to see it for yourself.

You may think I’m crazy, but keep reading…

See, I speak from experience. When I was growing up I focused only on what was ‘wrong’ with me. I wasn’t as pretty as the supermodels in my Teen magazine and I sure as heck wasn’t as thin. I spent hours in front of the mirror, cursing my curves and berating my body. It didn’t do a whole lot except make me focus on the negative and keep me small. I said negative things to myself over and over and over, which kept it top of mind, which kept me focused on it, which depressed me and made me feel ashamed. I’ve come a long way and I want that for you, too!

Beauty isn’t something external or superficial; beauty begins within. Loving and accepting yourself in your own skin, no matter what your size, weight, age, etc. will free you from your own limiting beliefs that you aren’t good enough and liberate you to see the unique beauty you already possess.

One of the keys to this is gratitude. Being grateful for what you have – a healthy body, a strong spirit, a well-proportioned shape, eyes that can take in the beauty around you, gorgeous hair, etc. – is the best place to start. When you change your attitude from one of scarcity (I’m not good enough… ) to one of abundance (I am grateful… ) it will help you to see how much you truly do have. This leads you to feeling as if you are enough, which leads to self-acceptance and love. Being at peace with yourself is where true, authentic beauty starts.

Loving yourself on the inside makes it so much easier to love yourself on the outside and present yourself in a way that truly lets you shine! No more over compensating with expensive name brands or pretending to be something that you’re not! This is your time to play up what’s great about you. Wear your best colors (eye, hair) to personalize your look and draw focus to your beautiful features. Wear clothing that’s cut for your body type, no matter what it is. Wear things that make your spirit soar and your heart sing. Dress in a way that makes you feel more YOU!

This allows you to radiate your beauty from the inside out, showing the world that you believe you’re beautiful. And the cool thing is that whatever your attitude is about yourself is what others adopt. So when you believe, deep down in your heart of hearts, that you are beautiful in your own way, others will see it too! They’ll sense your peace with yourself and your happiness, and they’ll want that too!

So start today. Make a gratitude list of all your personal assets and embrace how truly blessed you are. First love yourself, then adorn yourself accordingly. And see how this can transform not only your self-image, but your whole life!